A BRUCE McMaster hat trick helped Kilwinning Rangers to a barn-storming 8-2 win at Craigmark on Saturday but the victory has probably come too late for their promotion hopes after that shock midweek defeat from Kello.
McMaster, and Buffs, showed they were not going to hang about and he opened his account in the first minute, curling the ball home from the edge of the box after good work by Ben Lewis.
The big midfielder struck again two minutes later after Craig McIntosh worked a one-two with Lewis and cut the ball back to him then the irrepressible Lewis made it 3-0 with quarter of an hour gone, rolling the ball home after a surging Barry Fleeting run and pass.
Stuart Hannah rifled home a 25-yard rocket to make it 4-0 in 26 minutes then John Henderson pulled one back with a looping shot in a rare Craigmark attack only for Lewis to make it 5-1 for the visitors at half time.
The one-way traffic continued after the break and Buffs increased their tally in 51 minutes, Michael Hart netting from the spot after the rampaging McMaster was brought down in the box by Gaw.
John Ewing rounded the keeper to reduce the deficit on the hour mark then Buffs boss George Grierson rang the changes and substitutes Mark Ferris and Gary Robertson were soon in the thick of the action – but in differing ways.
With 15 minutes left Ferris was caught by Steph Holland as the Craigmark man attempted a clearance, angry words soon developed into a touchline brawl and both were sent off – although in all honesty it has to be said that Ferris looked more sinned against than sinning.
But there were still goals left in this Buffs side and Robertson, who had earlier missed a couple of easy chances, finally made it 7-2 after good work by McMaster and the former Talbot man returned the favour in the final minute when he burst into the box for man of the match McMaster to complete his hat trick, and the scoring, with a diving header.