Formartine United demolished Deveronvale 8-1 at Banff on Saturday to move into third place in the table.
Cammy Keith rattled in a hat-trick as United cruised to an easy win and the tally could have been even higher.
They were three up at the interval and hit the woodwork twice with two more efforts being cleared off the line.
The home side managed to pull one back early in the second half but were no match for a rampant United.
It was Kris Hunter’s first win as a manager at Banff but for Vale boss Ally Macleod it was nothing but gloom as he described his team’s performance as woeful from start to finish.
The home side could actually have taken the lead in 18 minutes but Miller’s volley was well saved by Reid.
Formartine went in front in the 28th minute when Gary Wood netted from close range.
Wood almost added a second but his effort was cleared off the line before Craig McKeown made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute.
Cammy Keith hit the bar but added a third with a header near half-time.
Formartine were well on top and looking full of goals but the hosts managed to reduce the deficit on the hour mark when Miller’s header struck McKeown and went past Reid.
But it was only a matter of time before United added to their total and Keith made it 4-1 four minutes later.
A short time later Wood scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Barbour and the ever-alert Keith notched up his hat-trick 12 minutes from time.
Scott Barbour made it seven with his first goal since his summer move from Fraserburgh before Sam French came off the bench to round off the scoring.
Next up for United is a trip to Lossiemouth on league business on Saturday.