Andy Hunter was the man of the moment with all four Inverurie goals as Locos took the Highland League points against Fort William on Saturday.
Inverurie manager Neil Cooper was full of praise for his young attacker, saying: “Andy was brilliant. We were expecting a hard game, which it was, and credit to Fort William as they gave us a tough game after our long journey.
“The guys looked a bit heavy-legged early on, and the pitch was heavy after a lot of rain, but we had most of the chances in the first half when we went ahead after good play by Jordan Leyden, who fed Andy and he made a good turn on the edge of the box and finished to make it 1-0.”
Fort manager Ally Ewen said: “I set Scott Davidson a target of 20 goals for the season. I had every confidence he could deliver that and he has. I asked the players for a response after the disappointing defeat by Rothes last week and got it. We had the chances but didn’t take them. Andy was on fire for Huntly.”
Locos took the lead in the 26th minute with a fine goal from Hunter. Nine minutes later Fort were back on level terms when Davidson stabbed scored from close range.
Inverurie were back in front in the 62nd minute when substitute Darren Mackie set up Hunter and he completed his hat-trick six minutes later before adding Huntly’s fourth in the 78th minute.