Formartine United captain Paul Lawson was today praised for running the show as they went goal crazy against Huntly at North Lodge Park.
Scott Barbour claimed a hat-trick as the Pitmedden men thrashed their visitors 8-0 to record their biggest Highland League win of the season.
Former Motherwell midfielder Lawson pulled the strings with a masterful individual display.
He also scored a goal that delighted United boss Kris Hunter described as “one of the best I’ve ever seen”.
Hunter added: “Paul was different class and capped it off with that goal.
“It was great to see him back to his very best.
“To be fair on Paul he had been playing while not fully fit. It was affecting him mentally as well as hindering his game.
“Getting a break from playing on a couple of recent Saturdays helped him get the rest he needed.
“It meant he was finally able to play in the manner he would like to.
“Scott obviously did well too, as did Jamie Masson.
“But there is no doubt Paul was the one running the show.
“When he plays like that there is no one better than him in the Highland League.”
Hunter admitted their emphatic victory was overshadowed by table leaders Buckie Thistle thumping title rivals Brora 5-0 at Victoria Park.
But he warned the in-form Jags, who Formartine are due to face next month, that they still harbour hopes of catching them in the title race.
Hunter said: “You have to admire the way Buckie have started the season and there has been no sign of them letting up so far.
“But titles aren’t won in October and there is still a lot of football to be played in what is a very tough league.
“It gets particularly tough once you get into the winter months and the pitches start to get a bit heavier.
“Suspensions and injuries can also begin to take their toll.
“Our aim is to try to keep winning to ensure we are as close as we can be when the clash with Buckie comes around.”