Ellon Rugby continued their losing streak when they were defeated 38-15 by St Andrews University at The Meadows on Saturday.
The loss is the fourth in a row for Ellon, who have not won a single game this season.
Head coach, Duaine Lindsay, said: “It was not as bad as the scoreline suggests, especially in the first half.
“Their captain came off the pitch saying they had to defend for 40 minutes so that shows you the pressure we put them under.
“With the score at 17-3 at half-time, we were still in it, but St. Andrews came out and scored a try early in the second half and the boys’ heads went down.
“We did not control the game, we made the wrong decisions at crucial times and they capitalised on our mistakes.”
Ellon scored two tries through debutant stand-off, Jake Wills, and Jonathan Dobson added a penalty and conversion.
Lindsay said: “We pretty much had a completely new backline this week. They functioned well considering they only had a couple of training sessions together.
“We struggled a bit in the forwards with Nicki Fraser being unavailable, then losing two front row players to injury in the first 10 minutes and having Ewan Mcintyre sin-binned in the second half.
“Because of that our set-piece fell apart.”
Results are unlikely to improve quickly for Ellon with their next game away to Perthshire RFC, a surprising victim of relegation from the Championship last season.
Lindsay said: “It is going to be really tough next week, I know that now.
“I was a bit naïve coming into the job thinking there might be a few easy fixtures, but looking ahead there are no easy games in this league, anyone could beat anyone on their given day.
“We will turn it around, it is just a matter of belief. That is the main problem we have, but it is a big problem.