Marr 27 - 17 Stirling County: Victory not enough to avoid drop

Marr did what they had to: secured the bonus-point win they needed, but, with Melrose losing at Hawick, it wasn't enough and they will go back to National League 1 next season.

Jonny Hope opened the scoring with a penalty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

County struck first, Jonny Hope goaling a simple fifth minute penalty, but the visitors could not build on this and midway through the first half, Ross Miller was powered over by the Marr maul off a five-metre line-out and the home side led.

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They extended their lead in 32 minutes, Craig Jackson going over with Rory McGee converting, but right on the break, County forward pressure was rewarded with a Hamilton Burr try, converted by Hope to make it 12-10 at the turn-round.

Conor Bickerstaff extended the Marr lead but in 50 minutes, Craig Robertson had a walk-in for County, with Hope converting to tie the scores at 17-all. The home pack then took control, a penalty try restoring their lead and the bonus point, before McGee’s penalty made the game safe, but failed to fend off relegation.