Even an injection of youth by Bute could not stave off a 4-0 defeat to Port Bannatyne at Kingarth in the Bute Seniors League.
The final margin, however, in no way reflected the closeness of the contest, with three of the games being decided in the Port’s favour on the last green.
The Port can now stow their travel passes as they face up to two home games which will decide if they can challenge Rothesay for the title.
Results (Bute names first) are as follows:
L.Thomas & R. McBride lost to P.Barnett & H.Whitelaw 1 down
A. McFarlane & P. McDonald lost to J. Thom & I.L. MacLeod 1 down
M. Calder & J. McFie lost to J. Bicker & J. Marshall 4&3
S. Long & P. O’Sullivan lost to G. Peacock & M. Ivory 1 down.