Formartine United kept up their winning start to the season with a comfortable 5-0 victory at Fort William on Saturday.
The Pitmedden side were expected to win this one and did so comfortably. Both the eventual margin of victory and the manner in which it was achieved were also predictable.
As in several previous games between these two, Fort started brightly enough, held the visitors at bay for a respectable period before eventually being over-run.
A swirling wind and frequent showers were enough to prevent any sort of showcase of silky soccer skills and acted as a little bit of a leveller.
Initially, Fort offered to make a decent game of it and threatened with a couple of chances. Formartine needed a goal to get on top of things but had to wait until the 28th minute - and it came from the unlikeliest of sources.
Full back Stuart Smith started and finished the move. He picked up a pass from Dan Park who had sped down the left flank and rifled the ball home from inside the box.
Cammy Keith had a number of half chances and was causing problems for the home defence.
Shortly before the break Keith got on the scoresheet when he got on the end of a cross from goalscorer turned provider Smith to slide the ball past the trialist keeper.
The second half was mainly about how many Formartine would add to their tally.
Their third goal in the 56th minute, possibly the pick of the bunch as far as the finish was concerned, came from Dan Park. Smith again was involved, delivering an inch-perfect ball into the path of Park at the far corner of the box and he lashed in an unstoppable shot.
McVitie rifled in a fourth in the 71st minute and Callum Bagshaw added a superb fifth near the end, finishing clinically from 15 yards.
Fort William: Trialist, Grant, Direitinho, Foggo, Martin, Gillespie, MacKIntosh, Farquhar, Campbell, Millar, MacLennan. Substitute: Browett, Morrison, Gillespie, Tot, Lewandowski.
Shearer, Jeffrey, S. Smith, McKeown, M.Smith, Munro, Park, McVittie, Keith, Ewen, Hammil. Substitutes: Davidson, Bagshaw, Campbell, Soane, Calder.