Inverurie Locos enjoyed an eight-some reel in Grantown against Strathspey Thistle on Saturday to keep themselves well in contention at the top of the table on a day when Brora Rangers netted seven.
Meanwhile Turriff won by the odd goal in seven at fellow chasers Wick and Formartine lost more ground, drawing in Rothes.
Star of the show was recent signing Martin Laing, sensationally netting four goals in eight minutes
However it was Ryan KEIR, who was rewarded with a starting slot in the absence of Neil McLean, who followed up on his goal at home to Rothes who netted the opener.
The supplier was Martin BAVIDGE, and the veteran had the score doubled with a well hit drive from 15 yards
Two up at the break but that all changed in a whirlwind spell just after the hour when LAING struck from 18 yards. The next three were to leave Brian Grant’s side floundering, they simply could not match his strong running from deep and impossible to stop at the back post
A fine run by Jordan LEYDEN, in the style of Archie Gemmill 1978, was to be followed by a fine finish and BAVIDGE was to make it eight two minutes later.
An added bonus for the visitors was a few minutes run out late on for long term injury victim Kieran Adams, and the centre half’s availability as the winter games approach will be vital for maintaining integrity at the back.
Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, Begg, Anderson, Broadhurst, Leyden, Young, Keir, Bavidge, Laing. Subs: Donaldson, Michie, Adams, Coull, Crisp, Trialist