Formartine were frustrated as they crashed 4-1 to Brora Rangers – but Jerry O’Driscoll doesn’t want the side to dwell on the defeat.
The first-team coach admitted the performance wasn’t good enough as United were picked off by a ruthless Cattachs side.
Last season’s runners-up, Formartine remain fourth in the league.
But it was another defeat to a team they expect to be competing against for honours.
O’Driscoll said: “It’s frustrating. I don’t think it was our best performance but we got back into the game with a penalty award.
“Our threat was less and less as the game wore on and eventually they picked us off with their third goal.”
He added: “It was a disappointing performance but last time I checked, you didn’t get any medals in October so we’ll be in there, we’ll keep playing.”
“Over the last few years, Formartine and Brora have been the challenging teams and you want to take points off your closest rivals but at the same time, it’s only three points.”
Formartine came in to the game on a five-game winning run but were exposed at the back throughout.
Brora got off to a superb start as a counter-attack cracked the home defence after six minutes.
Zander Sutherland’s fine pass freed Paul Brindle, who slotted the ball past Andrew Reid.
And just five minutes later, it was 2-0 as the Cattachs continued to pressure the hosts.
After an attack down the left, Scott Lisle lashed it into the bottom-left corner.
Jamie Michie’s cross hit the bar for the hosts but they got one back thanks to a debatable penalty.
Colin Williamson was adjudged to have fouled Scott Barbour just inside the box and Paul Lawson dispatched the spot-kick.
But Brora were the better team, showing their ruthlessness in the closing stages.
Substitute Andrew Greig cut in from the left and finished with a composed strike on 80 minutes.
Steven Ross wrapped up the win four minutes from time when he volleyed home a brilliant ball from Martin MacLean.