ROTHES could not halt Wick Academy's title charge as they crashed 5-0 at Harmsworth Park.
Richard Macadie (3) and Lukasz Geruzel (2) were on target for the home side, while the Speysiders also had goalkeeper Greg Sim red carded.
Former Buckie Thistle striker Zander Sutherland scored a hat-trick on his debut for Brora Rangers, however, former Jags team-mate Craig Macmillan scored twice as a sub to secure the points for Nairn County as they won 4-3.
In the only other game played on Saturday, Fort William got their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory at home to Strathspey Thistle.
Keith's game at Cove was postponed just before lunchtime due to heavy snowfall.
All the other games were victims of the weather, including the games at Lossiemouth, Buckie and Huntly.
Wick now lead Cove Rangers by five points, with Formartine in third 11 points behind, although Steve Paterson's men have five games in hand.