It was as recently as the final game of last season that Formartine last called at Seafield Park on League business, a 10-0 win for United.
This time around wasn’t quite so emphatic but a 6-1 win after going 3-0 up in 12 minutes still constitues as a very convincing win.
A team listing 5 trialists was going always going to struggle in the face of the firepower Formartine were bringing to the party and the break-through came after seven minutes.
Scott Barbour broke through the middle on the back of some crafty distribution from deep by Lawson and Anderson. Eluding a challenge from Cairns, he slipped the ball forward and left to meet the run of RODGER.
The angle wasn’t the best but the hardy midfielder saw the gap and leathered the ball fiercely past McCallum.
For the next few minutes it looked like United were indeed going to reach double figures as wave upon wave of attack was visited upon their hosts.
GAULD was too quick and wily for his markers to contain and made his opening contribution with a couple of goals in as many minutes.
4-0 came when Barbour, delivered the ball into the area and ANDERSON, near the back post, controlled the ball before coolly slotting it into the net from ten yards out.
Thistle got the first goal of the second half when HERSEE struck after a swift break through the middle worked by MacLeod.
Conor Gethins would go on to round of the scoring and the match with a brace of his own to match Gauld’s.
The former Nairn striker opened his account for the day with a 15-yard drive in the 59th minute after some great midfield play by Anderson.
Gethins next was more of a team effort that started from a McVitie working an interchange with Anderson before striking the ball diagonally into the box where the striker rifled the ball home to complete the final score line.
Next up for United will be a home tie against Fort William as they look to continue their winning ways.