A depleted Chirnside hosted Carluke Hearts in the South of Scotland Cup.
Despite this, United started brightly. Carluke looked most dangerous when they found their number 9 and Todd pulled off a great save from a shot at a corner.
Chirnside should have taken the lead when Armstrong’s side-footed shot was cleared off the line, but the deadlock was broken when Purves broke the offside trap to find himself one-on-one with the Carluke keeper.
It wasn’t long before the visitors were level. A free-kick 25 yards out was given and the Carluke player drove the ball into the right hand corner.
After the break United continued their dominance, before taking the lead for a second time. Windram broke down the left and his wiped low cross caused confusion between the defender and keeper, the ball fell to Strachan who made no mistake.
United were beginning to dominate and added a third with a well worked goal. Good play by Condy allowed Purves to break to the by-line and his cut-back was volleyed high into the net by Windram.
To their credit Carluke never gave up and continued to cause tChirnside some problems,
Todd needed to produce another outstanding save when he tipped the ball round the post when the visiting striker was through on goal.
But Carluke did add a second when their number 9 latched onto a through ball and calmly finished under pressure.