Scott's the treble hero in 'Vale win
DEVERONVALE boss Stevie Dolan sees Saturday's hat-trick hero Robert Scott as a blossoming talent who is improving with every game.
Scott made it five goals in two games with a treble in the 4-2 Highland League win at Lossiemouth.
He had the big travelling Vale support chanting his name at the end of the match, and manager Dolan singing his praises after a job well done at Grant Park.
"Bob has done well, that was a great hat-trick today," said the Vale boss.
"That's him into double figures, 12 goals now which is a great return and that's what a wee bit of confidence does.
"Being the main striker is not Bob's game but he's up there as our quickest and fittest player and he can be a bit of a pest up there with his pace.
"He's gradually getting better with his finishing and that's coming through games playing."
Vale didn't start well and a young Lossie side struck first through on-loan Elgin City striker Moray Taylor, with the Moray side creating other good openings.
Midway through the half Leszek Nowosielski marked his last game for Vale with an equalising goal before returning to his native Poland, and the sides went in at the break all square.
The second half belonged to Scott, who restored Vale's lead three minutes after the restart.
He then made it 3-1 with a fine finish, which should have sealed the Banff side's victory. But they allowed Lossie back into it with a superb Brodie Allen strike making it 3-2.
But Scott netted in the last 10 minutes to finally kill off the game.
It was Scott's second hat-trick for Vale after he scored three against Strathspey Thistle last season.
The win saw Vale move up to 10th position in the Highland League after the day's results.
Vale had the likes of Steven Davidson and Kyle Gauld listed as subs while injured on Saturday, with both still not fully fit to start at Nairn in the league this weekend.
Graeme Watt broke down in the warm-up on Saturday while Ross Aitken, Robbie Allan, Dane Ballard and Liam Forbes remain on the sidelines.
Dolan has brought back youngster Daniel Middler from a loan spell at Bridge of Don juniors and may look to do the same with 17-year-old Jamie Brailsford, who is currently farmed out at Ellon United.
Nowosielski is away now but defender Harry Noble returns on Saturday to boost Vale's numbers.
Vale's Saturday opponents Nairn County saw their home game against Formartine United postponed at the weekend, due to United's involvement in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
County will be looking to bounce back after they were beat 1-0 by Cove Rangers last time out.
When County visited Princess Royal Park in August they narrowly defeated their hosts 1-0.
They are currently in 13th position in the league and are two points behind Vale with a game in hand.