Ellon’s chances of avoiding relegation from Caley 2 North look to be slim after losing out on the Isle of Lewis to fellow strugglers Stornoway, albeit by the narrow of margin of 10-5.
But there some consolation for the visitors who picked up a losing bonus point for being within seven points of the home total.
Ellon have in fact only won two out of 12 starts this season.
The defeat leaves the Meadows side firmly anchored at the foot of the league with only six games to play, four of which are a home starting on Saturday when they meet middle of the table Moray.
Among the visitors yet to come to the Meadows are Lochaber and Shetland who are also in the relegation mix, giving Ellon a fighting chance of avoiding the drop should they win both encounters.
The downside of the run-in is that leaders Deeside have yet to come to Ellon and will be in no mood to do any favours as they close in on the title.
A trip to Inverurie to face second placed Garioch is also unlikely to produce points for the beleaguered Ellon lads, as is the case on the last day of the season when they travel to Kinloss where the Eagles will be waiting to swoop.
Across at Inverurie a different scenario was unfolding as Garioch moved to within six points of Deeside who lead the league, giving the Kellands Park side an outside chance of landing the top prize in Caley 2 North.
The 34-9 win at the expense of Kinloss Eagles was easily achieved, landing the club a welcome try bonus as they soldier on with five games to play in the hope that Deeside slip up.