Formartine United’s recent goal spree came to an end at Buckie on Saturday but they still had enough firepower for a 2-1 win.
A barnstorming second half performance followed a first half in which the Pitmedden side had struggled to impose themselves on a determined and well-organised Jags side.
Formartine’s formidable goal-scoring record had clearly preceded them and Buckie set themselves out in two banks of four in a 4-4-1-1 formation to counter the visitors’ more aggressive 4-3-3.
The two formations more or less cancelled each other out over the first period.
Buckie came close in the 13th minute when a Hegarty free kick rattled the crossbar.
For United a Lawson free kick was met by Wood whose glancing header was eventually cleared.
Into the second half and the visitors seemed to find an extra gear and took the lead on the hour mark.
Wood worked the ball to Cammy Keith and the in-form striker netted from close range.
The Jags tried to hit back but by this stage Formartine had a firm grip on the game and stretched their lead a few minutes later.
Lawson’s free kick was met by McKeown and he tucked the ball past Sim.
Fraser grabbed a late consolation for the home side when he jinked past keeper Reid and found space to slot the ball home.
Buckie Thistle: Sim, Wood, Carrol, Macrae, McKinnon, Hegarty, Copeland, Cheyne, Fraser, Wyness, Napier. Substitutes: Fraser, Taylor, Wood, Stewart, Scott, Strong.
Formartine United: Reid, McVitie, Smith, McKeown, Lawson, Rodger, Anderson, Keith, Wood, Barbour. Substitutes: French, Dingwall, Jeffrey, Gauld, Axten, Michie, MacDonald