Aberdeen Grammar’s chances of gaining promotion from National 1 look slim after a poor performance saw them slide to an 18-10 defeat at Cupar.
Coach Stuart Corsar said: “Once again we failed to take our try-scoring opportunities and it is something we will need to work on for our next game at home to Peebles.”
Corsar’s frustration was best reflected when Jamie Gilmour messed up a scoring pass from centre Conor Lavery.
In a scrappy first half Howe stand off Angus Guthrie kicked two early penalties to which his Rubislaw opposite number Alex Hagart replied with one of his own in 30 minutes.
The Fifers came alive in the second period, scoring two tries the pick of which came from winger Murray Calcutt, one of which was converted by Guthrie right on the hour mark to take a commanding 18-3 lead.
Grammar scored a converted try in 68 minutes when Ali Mackie rumbled over from 20 metres out.
The defeat leaves Grammar in eighth place in the division, six points above bottom sides Peebles and Stewart’s Melville.
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Howe of Fife: Duncan McIntyre; Murray Calcutt, Michael Fedo, Fraser Clark, Chris Mann; Angus Guthrie, Stewart Lethangie; Steven Player, Graeme Steedman, Grant Henderson; Dylan Groat, Terry Turpie; Brodie Runciman, James Lawrie, Chris Mason.
Replacements: Lewis Wilson, Andy Steven, Callum Harris, Cameron Ellison, Ben Mitchell.
Aberdeen Grammar: Ali Addy; Grant Walker, Janie Gilmour, Jonnie Poe, Alex Ratcliffe; Alex Hagart, Morgan Ward; Peter Gillies, Stuart Davis, Matthias Schosser; Stuart Smith, Hamilton Burr; Ali Mackie, James Spalding, Adrian Hamilton.
Replacements: Colin Neilson, Tony McGinness, Chris Jollands, Conor Lavery, Tom Aplin.