Ellon threw away an opportunity to make themselves safe from relegation by losing 22-15 to Morgan Academy FPs on Saturday.
The Meadows men failed to capitalise on their strength up front and their back three could not cope with Morgan’s solid territorial kicking game at the match in Dundee.
Ellon coach Ryan Morrice said: “Our execution was off. We lost the ball off the first phase nine times in the first half.
“We made poor decisions in the wrong area of the pitch.
“The guys tried to win the game from the kick-off instead of building territory, possession and pressure.”
Ellon’s tries came from wing Craig Davidson, Callum Townend and hooker Ali Edwards, who Morrice singled out as having a excellent performance up front.
He said: “Ali was outstanding. I felt sorry for him coming off the pitch without a win.
“He made so many yards but we just couldn’t do anything with it.”
The loss leaves Ellon’s place in Caledonia 1 in doubt as they go into their final game of the regular season - against Strathmore at the Meadows on March 22.
They need a bonus point win to bolster their chances, but much of their fate rests in the hands of Mackie Academy FPs, who have two games left to play, including a crunch match against Morgan on March 22.
Should Mackie deny Morgan any points and Ellon register a bonus point win, Ellon will be safe at Morgan’s expense. Otherwise they will be hoping to maintain their two-point lead over Mackie in the league table to avoid the relegation playoffs.
Morrice said: “We knew we would get a second bite of the cherry, but now we need a favour from somebody.”
Ellon will host a barbeque at the Meadows on March 22 where they hope to celebrate the end of the season and their place in Caley 1 for 2014/2015.