Aberdeen Grammar’s understrength side failed to handle a lively, energetic GHA in Glasgow in a 45-12 defeat.
The Rubislaw men conceded five first-half tries before they managed two of their own in a much better second-half display by which time it was too late to save the game.
Head coach Ali O’Connor acknowledged his side had endured a hard time in the opening stages of the game.
He said: “ It was not the best of days for running rugby, though GHA coped much better with the cold conditions. They are a good team and well worthy of their third place in National League 1.
“We managed a much better second half, matching their two tries, but by which time it was too late.”
The Glasgow players were quickly into their stride, enjoying total supremacy up front where lock Michael Scott and flanker Jamie Sutherland were particularly effective, capping their fine day with a brace of tries each to sink the misfiring visitors before they got into gear.
To add to the Aberdeen side’s misery stand off Andrew Goudie was in great kicking form, slotting four of his attempts at goal, giving the home side a match-winning half-time lead of 33-0.
In the second half, the Rubislaw men enjoyed parity, taking the play to the now relaxed Braidholm side who still managed two more scores.
Grammar plugged away, getting their reward from touchdowns attributed to number 8 Greig Ryan and lock Drew Whitehead, one of which was converted by stand off Bryn Perrott.
But it was too little and far too late, as Grammar slid to their 10th defeat of the season, and now appear to have little chance of achieving the objective of a top four place with only three games left to play, starting at home on Saturday when they meet Cartha Queens Park.
That will be followed by a trip to Dundee before bringing down the curtain at Rubislaw where they meet relegated Falkirk.
© Jack Nixon