Paul Lawson says Formartine’s recent run of results has presented him with a new challenge as a manager.
United face Fraserburgh at North Lodge Park tomorrow as they look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing spell.
The Pitmedden side were not in action last weekend but prior to that they lost to Cove Rangers, were beaten on penalties by Coleraine in the Challenge Cup, drew with Strathspey and lost to Forres Mechanics.
Lawson says the run of results has given him a new challenge as a player-manager after taking over a year ago.
He is hoping his team can get back to winning ways tomorrow and said: “The last few weeks is probably the first sticky spell me and Russell Anderson have had since coming into management. It’s something that happens. It was a case of when it would happen and it’s happened now.
“We’re doing everything we can to put it right and we’re looking forward to Saturday’s game.
“It’s important we get back to what we do best and get back to winning ways. It’s a challenge and it’s about looking at things.
“How we can do better as a coaching staff, and the players looking at things, and everybody as a group looking at how we can get back to the standards we’ve set. I watched Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup against Inverurie and they were very impressive. But we are more than capable of getting a result.”
Meanwhile Lawson has been hit with a charge by the SFA.
He is alleged to have breached Rule 208 after being sent off as a player against Strathspey on September 1 and then appearing in the dugout against Coleraine the following week.
Formartine have also been charged with a breach of Rule 208, while Lawson is also alleged to have committed misconduct during the Coleraine game and has been charged with a breach of Rule 203.
Fraserburgh are second in the Highland League with eight wins from 10 games.
The Broch sit three points behind leaders Cove having played a game more.
Defender Bryan Hay believes if they want to challenge for the title they need to pick up points in clashes like tomorrow’s.
He said: “There’s always a motivation to get a result against one of your top-four rivals.
“We know we need to win these kind of games if we want to do anything in the league.
“And not winning at North Lodge is something else we want to change.
“We have the quality to do it and hopefully we can do it on Saturday.
“Our form against the top teams in the league hasn’t been bad, apart from Formartine, so hopefully we can put that right.”
Fraserburgh beat Inverurie last Friday in the Scottish Cup and Hay says that display gives them confidence.
He added: “We’re full of confidence at the minute, the way we played in the first half hour against Inverurie in the Scottish Cup to go 4-1 up was really impressive.
“We could have done better in the second half, but the first 30 minutes was really pleasing for all of us at the club.”