Link Up needed to get back on track in the SR Wood Trophy after a disappointing 5-1 home defeat to Dyce last week.
Whilst the eventual 8-0 result against Formartine United was clearly an improvement, the performance level was below the high standards the team has set so far this season.
Link Up threatened first when McCrory evaded a couple of challenges to make ground down the left but his low cut-back was cleared.
B. Simpson then head flicked on to McCrory, whose effort on goal was saved.
The visitors then took the lead with a well constructed goal. J. Simpson broke forwards from right back and threaded a pass to McCrory who again beat his marker down the right wing and picked out B. Simpson with a driven ball across the face of goal, allowing him to side-foot past the keeper.
A second goal followed shortly afterwards, and it fell into the category of solo effort. B. Simpson rolled a challenge on the left, cut inside another defender and rifled low past the keeper at his near post.
The Brochers made it three when Fraser made space to send a ball over the top to McCrory who brought it down and then spun to lose his marker before firing home.
The same player notched the fourth when he combined well with B Simpson before finishing low into the bottom left corner.
Although Link Up were 4-0 up at half-time, for significant spells on either side of half-time, Formartine’s passing game was allowing them to move the ball about more quickly and effectively. A better team with more dangerous strikers would almost certainly have taken advantage of this.
The first move of note in the second period saw Mair take possession and find Watt wide left with a long ball. He buzzed towards the penalty area to win a corner. Dyka found the net from the set-piece but it was chalked off for offside.
Link Up’s best move of the game brought up 5-0. J Simpson head flicked to Masson who fed Watt. He turned and slipped through a perfect pass behind the right back for McCrory to race onto and hammer a low drive beyond the keeper.
6-0 saw the best finish of the game from B Simpson when he bent a great rising shot into the far top corner from inside left after J Simpson and McCrory had linked well to set him up.
Roger made it 7-0, smashing a penalty into the postage stamp corner after Watt had been felled.
The scoring was completed at 8-0. McCrory finding J Simpson who cleverly allowed the pass to run across him before splitting the defence for B Simpson to fire home.
The positives from this game were that the team kept a clean sheet, is defending well and continues to score goals aplenty.
If, however, they want to compete with the top teams it will require better decision making, in terms of choosing when to hold the ball or pass, allied to more focus on playing with and for each other as a team.