Striker Billy McKay scored his second hat-trick in four matches as Ross County remained top of the Scottish Championship following their 5-0 victory over Greenock Morton on Saturday.
After a slow start to the campaign the former Leicester City trainee took his tally for the season to 11 and County’s co-manager Stuart Kettlewell always believed the 30-year-old frontman would come good.
“We have never doubted Billy,” Kettlewell stated after the game. “Strikers go through a crisis in confidence but he looks every inch the top class striker we believe he is.
“He got everything he deserved with another hat-trick today.”
Also on the scoresheet over the weekend was winger Gavin Whyte who scored for the second successive game as Oxford United defeated Shrewsbury Town 3-0 to record just their third league win of the season.
Meanwhile, in League One, Jordan Thompson, one of the stars of Ian Baraclough’s under-21 side this term, was on target in Blackpool’s 3-2 defeat at near neighbours Fleetwood Town.
In Scotland, Aberdeen are through to the Scottish League Cup Final after a Niall McGinn corner led to Lewis Ferguson’s winning goal over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers 11 minutes from time at Hampden Park yesterday.
The Dons will now meet Celtic on 2 December after they defeated Hearts, who had Michael Smith in their line-up, 3-0 in the other semi-final.
Finally, there were assists for Burton Albion’s Liam Boyce and former Coleraine winger Stephen Dooley who is now at League One Rochdale.