A rampant Inverurie Locos with Martin Bavidge leading a dominant attacking line-up swept to their best away win at Mosset Park in a game that was expected to be closely contested and they now sit joint sixth with a Wick Academy side who they play this weekend.
Boosted by the return from a serious groin injury of Ross Anderson who has been on the sidelines for almost a year, Locos had the best of the early chances and in 27 minutes deservedly took the lead.
Bavidge was the supplier with a deft flick for Andy Hunter to strike sweetly from an acute angle inside Stuart Knight’s right corner.
Within five minutes of the second half kicking off it was 2-0, again it was Bavidge laying the ball off. Youngster Joe McCabe ten found David Ross who beat Knight with a firm drive from 10 yards.
Scott Mathieson was being rarely troubled with all the action at the other end. Bavidge decided it was time to get one for himself, running on to a long ball and beating Knight over 30 yards out with a lob into the empty net.
Further goals followed through sub Colin Charlesworth who beat Knight from close range with Jordan Leyden the supplier and to add the icing on the cake Joe McCabe made it five for a perfect display.
Locos first team coach Iain Alexander said: “I don’t think there was five goals of a difference between the teams but our finishing was clinical.
“We were ruthless in front of goal and defended better than they did.
“Our plan was to control the midfield and get the ball up to Martin Bavidge as quickly as possible
“Martin has made a huge difference to the team, he holds the ball up so well to allow us to get forward in numbers.”
Man of the Match Bavidge added: “It was great to dominate the 90 minutes, we have threatened this type of performance a few times this season.
“We wore them down in the second half taking advantage of the extra space.
“I am glad to have Andy Hunter back alongside me after injury, he is a talented player who has made a big difference over the past fortnigh.”
This Saturday Locos will be following a big midweek home clash with Cove Rangers, who netted seven in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Wick Academy eventually wore down Strathspey Thistle to claim the three points and will as usual be stern opponents for Locos.
Kick off at Harlaw Park is 3pm.
Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, Begg (Young 34), Anderson, Broadhurst, Ross (Leyden 54), McLean, Hunter (Charlesworth 72), Bavidge, McCabe Subs: Robertson, McCaffrey.