Elated Vale of Leven manager Brian Brown praised his side’s 8-0 thumping of Newmains United at Millburn Park on Saturday.

The last time the Vale fired eight in the league was against Glasgow Perthshire back in 2004.

And only once have they won by eight goals in the league, an 8-0 victory against Forth Wanderers back in November 1968, just under 50 years ago.

Brown’s team responded well after being beaten by Royal Albert last weekend, losing 4-1.

He said: “It was a fantastic way to bounce back.

“After the disappointment of last week, that’s what we were looking for, but I never imagine we’d be scoring eight.

“It could have been a whole load more, we missed a barrel load more at the end.

“We were straight out of the traps again, which is what we had been doing until last week, and that’s what was so disappointing from last week is that we never really got going the whole game.”

David McNaught picked up a hat-trick, and also provided two assists before being subbed off after 57 minutes.

The former Dumbarton and Clyde striker has only featured eight times last season, all from the bench after making a comeback from a cruciate ligament injury.

And the manager hopes he would kick on, after putting in a man of the match display.

Brown added: “I’m really happy for Nuggy. He’s just come back from his injury.

“It’s taken him quite a while to get back from it and it’s brilliant for him, and hopefully it’s a wee confidence booster for him as well.

“He never really played much last season. He never really kicked a ball, and that’s him getting himself back, and he took his three goals brilliant, so I’m happy for him.”

The Vale head to Ashfield next, as they look to continue their strong start to the season.

Ashfield sit in 10th place, with their only win of the season so far coming at home to Johnstone Burgh on the opening day of the season.

They were thrashed 5-0 at the weekend by Gartcairn, and the Vale boss says Ashfield will pose a similar threat to Royal Albert.

He said: “It’s a different park for the boys again. It’s a wee bit smaller down there, a bit tighter and I’d imagine they’ll be more in our faces.

“Back to what the Royal Albert game was like, so hopefully we’ve learned our lessons from that and we can push on from that.”

Vale sit second in the table so far, with three wins out of four.

They’re the top league goalscorers, after netting 18 times, and have the second best defensive record in the Central District Second Division so far.

It’s still very early days yet, and the manager wanted his side to stay grounded, and to keep the performance levels as high as they have been in their opening games.

He said: “Three wins from four is a good start. If you get to around Christmas time and you’re within touching distance with the rest of them then you’re not going to be far away from them.

“We just need to keep putting points on the board. I think the home games are going to be the most important ones.

“If we win our home games, and start taking bits and pieces while on our travels then we won’t be far away.

We’re on the right track and we just need to keep it going.”