Paul Young felt Fraserburgh’s 5-0 thrashing of Inverurie Locos was the perfect performance.
The Broch were emphatic winners at Harlaw Park on Saturday, with the win keeping them two points behind Highland League leaders Cove in second place.
Midfielder Young was among the scorers and was delighted with the Buchan team’s display.
He said: “From the first minute we controlled it. We had a difficult game at Harlaw Park in the Scottish Cup, when we were 4-1 up and let them back in.
“But on Saturday we didn’t look back after being 2-0 up at half-time.
“It was a great result and we know what Locos are like, they are a good technical side. They were missing players, but we had to play to a high standard.
“We’ve been on an unbeaten run the last few weeks, but we haven’t played as well as we can do. We have kept grinding out results.
“As long as we do that then we are happy and on Saturday it was just about the perfect performance.
“We started off the game well and kept it going throughout, unlike previous occasions where we have let teams back in.”
Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie said: “I gave the guys a hard time last Wednesday after our 2-0 win over Turriff because I didn’t think it was good enough.
“But Saturday was as close as you can get to a flawless performance. Normally we are on top in a lot of games, but there is always a mistake in us or lack of concentration lets us down.
“But to a man they were unbelieveable. We broke at pace, we were clinical, we were fitter and stronger than them – I couldn’t fault us.
“To go and dominate Locos at home you have to be happy with that. Up front we had every avenue covered, we had pace, aerial threat and we could hold it up.
“We’ve shown what we can do and now we have to take that forward, we’ve set the standard for how we can play and I expect that every game.”
The opener came for the Broch on 18 minutes. Willie West outjumped Stuart Duff in the centre circle after Andy Reid’s clearance was held up in the wind.
West’s header sent Scott BARBOUR in behind and the attacker got into the box before turning inside Ryan Broadhurst and finishing from 14 yards.
A minute later Barbour almost made it two as he cut in from the right of the area, but his low shot hit the base of the right post.
At the other end, Colin Charlesworth headed a Jordan Leyden corner from the right narrowly over.
On 33 minutes it was 2-0 when Ryan Cowie’s long ball put Paul CAMPBELL in the clear down the left and the striker slipped the ball past Reid from 10 yards.
Six minutes into the second half, victory was sealed for Fraserburgh when Lewis Davidson’s low cross from the right ran through to YOUNG at the back post and he finished from six yards.
On 65 minutes it was 4-0. Leyden had blocked sub Sean Butcher’s header at point-blank range, Ryan Cowie took the resulting corner on the right and it was volleyed home from inside the six-yard box by Bryan HAY.
With 15 minutes left the Broch scored their fifth. Butcher crossed from the right, sub Greg Buchan’s header was blocked, but it broke to CAMPBELL to force home the rebound from close range.
Inverurie boss Neil Cooper said: “They thoroughly deserved to win. They were a lot stronger than us and we defended poorly.
“In the first half the two goals we lost were balls down the middle and it was basic schoolboy stuff. One centre-back should attack the ball and the other drop, but that didn’t happen.
“If we’d got the next goal we were still in it, but we lost another poor goal when they broke on us. Fraserburgh worked harder and were more physical and our boys didn’t handle the situation.”