ABERDEEN Grammar’s prospects of avoiding relegation from National League 1 look dim after another hot-and-cold performance.
The Rubislaw side lost out 33-19 to promotion-seeking Marr who outscored the home side by five tries to two.
And yet it could have been so different for an Aberdeen side who looked like fighting back from losing two early tries to come within two points of the Ayrshire total midway through the second half, only to concede two late tries.
The Grammar coaching team struggled to explain their costly lapses, though backs coach Ali O’Connor said: “There were positives, including some of our well-rehearsed moves in training coming good, but once again we lost some sloppy tries.
“The two we lost early in the game were typical of what has been happening in the past few weeks.”
Grammar trailed 14-11 at half-time and with the wind at their backs looked set to upset the Ayrshire side who then stunned the homesters with an easily conceded converted try to make it 21-11.
Grammar hit back through stand-off Alex Hagart who kicked a penalty to add to his two first-half efforts.
Winger Grant Walker closed the gap to two points. But it was Marr who had the last word with two tries from winger Stuart Cowie to end the contest, leaving Grammar to contemplate on what might have been.
In Caley Division 1, Gordonians ran up a 90-0 win against Mackie FP to keep themselves on track for the title.
But the North-east heroes were Deeside who made their double header in Stornoway count in the semi-final of the Regional Bowl and the Caley 2 North league, defying the wind and rains to win 36-3.
The win keeps Deeside top of the table while claiming a place in the Bowl final where they will meet Aberdeen University.
Aberdeenshire were frustrated in their promotion bid in National League 1 after Greenock Wanderers were unable to raise a team for the trip to Woodside, leaving the Aberdeen side without a game again.