Forres Mechanics crash to second straight 7-0 defeat while Rothes are held and Buckie hit back to beat Clach
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GORDON Connelly's baptism of fire as new Forres Mechanics manager continued with another heavy defeat.
The Cans made it back-to-back 7-0 home losses in Connelly's first two games in charge as league leaders Fraserburgh matched Rothes' midweek tally of goals.
Forres were without key defensive duo Graham Fraser and Ruari Fraser and suffered a further setback when keeper Stuart Knight got injured in the warm-up and couldn't play.
An early Scott Barbour penalty set the ball rolling for Broch and midfielder Paul Young had a field day, netting four times to double his own personal tally for the season.
Sean Butcher and Willie West were also on target to underline Fraserburgh's superiority.
Brechin City eased back into second spot with a 5-0 success at home to Lossiemouth.
Michael Paton scored the only goal of the first half and Garry Wood added a second early in the second half.
The match wasn't decided until the closing five minutes when a quick David Cox double and a Max Kucheriavyi goal finally finished Lossie off.
Rothes may have scored seven in midweek at Forres but they couldn't find the net in a goalless draw at home to Formartine United.
Brora Rangers showed no mercy on Keith with a 7-1 romp at Kynoch Park.
It was only 2-1 at half time with Colin Williamson and Jordan MacRae edging the visitors ahead only for Przemyslaw Nawrocki to head one back for the Maroons.
The Cattachs hit form after that, Matthew Wright netting a second half hat-trick and MacRae and Dale Gillespie also scoring.
Buckie Thistle remain firmly in the title mix after coming from behind to defeat Clach 4-1.
Robbie Thompson's early strike shocked Jags but Kyle MacLeod made it 1-1 at the break.
Sam Urquhart took his tally for the season to 14 with a second half double including a penalty and Scott Adams also scored for the home side.