Peterhead delivered an emphatic League Two title message by destroying leaders Montrose 6-2.
The impressive victory moved the Blue Toon to within three points of Montrose but crucially Jim McInally’s Peterhead have two games in hand.
After a dominant display at Links Park it is now very much advantage Peterhead in the fight to be champions.
However, boss McInally underlined it is only the halfway stage in the League Two campaign.
“It was the two form teams in the league going head to head,” he said.
“However, we are still a long, long way from anything being decided.”
Montrose’s 10-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end as the Blue Toon were 2-0 up at half-time in front of a crowd of just under 1,000.
The visitors took an early lead through Jason Brown’s header in the fifth minute.
Brown doubled the advantage as he netted again from six yards in the 17th minute although Montrose hit back just before half-time through Sean Dillon.
Peterhead effectively sealed an important victory early in the second half when Allan Smith netted with a close-range finish in the 46th minute.
Mason Robertson made it 4-1 soon after.
Willie Gibson scored a superb free-kick in the 58th before prolific striker Rory McAllister got in on the act with a lethal volley in the 69th minute.
Montrose made it 6-2 through Kerr Hay in the 75th minute but it was no more than a consolation strike.