Buckie Thistle warmed up for their Scottish Cup trip to Edinburgh with a confident win over Wick Academy.
The Jags bounced back from defeats to Forres and Inverurie, with a terrific performance.
Chris Angus opened the scoring after 29 minutes when he controlled a great pass from Donnie Munro and neatly sidestepped defender Lewis Harrold before supplying a cool finish.
The only disappointment was that Buckie did not have more than one goal to show for their first half superiority.
Keeper Greig Sim survived a big scare early in the second half when he tried to dribble past striker Gary Weir inside his own box and from the striker’s challenge the ball ricocheted wide of his goal.
Buckie went further ahead just before the hour mark with a debated penalty.
Michael Steven appeared to make a good tackle on James Fraser inside the box but referee Anthony Cooper deemed it a foul and Shaun Carrol blasted home the spot kick.
Buckie were comfortable from then on and cruised over the winning line, adding a third late on when Kevin Fraser latch on to a terrific long ball over the top by Shaun Wood and neatly fired home.
Donnie Munro was the pick of the Buckie players with a strong performance in midfield, putting in some solid tackles and initiating forward moves with good passing. The 34-year-old rolled back the years with a great display.
Lewis Mackinnon returned to the Buckie defence after a hamstring injury and he was withdrawn in the second half after tweaking the injury, but he should be fit for the cup match next weekend.