berdeen Grammar head coach Ali O’Connor paid tribute to his forwards who dominated in the mud and rain at Musselburgh, scoring five of the six tries in the 38-32 win.
The victory keeps the Rubislaw side in third place in the Premiership, six points behind leaders Marr.
O’Connor said: “Not for the first time, there were some big performances from the forwards. Robin Cessford was immense.
“We relied on our pack to get us on the front foot and in the conditions today that was really important.
“We put the pressure on Musselburgh, forcing them into making mistakes, earning us a try bonus point, and enabling us to go into next week’s game against GHA with optimism.”
The Stoneyhill side opened the scoring with a try in nine minutes when winger Sandy Watt nipped over, giving scrum-half Danny Owenson the easiest of kicks.
Grammar prop Ross Anderson drove over for a try from short range, converted by centre Tom Aplin, to level at 7-7.
Home winger Gregor Tait outpaced the Aberdeen cover defence before his opposite number Nathan Brown did the same at the other end, giving him his seventh try of the campaign.
Both were converted, but it was Musselburgh who moved ahead with an Owenson penalty which only served to spark a burst of scoring from the visitors.
First over was Cessford with two fine dashes to the line, a second from Anderson and a final effort from flanker Chris Jollands, two of which were converted by Aplin.
In the midst of the Grammar scoring spree, the hosts kept in the game with touchdowns from Tait and lock George McKinstry, and a penalty from Owenson.
Grammar club captain Doug Russell underlined the contribution made by Cessford and No 8 Greig Ryan, saying: “These two were standouts on a day made for forwards.”
Gordonians crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat with a 29-7 loss at Kirkcaldy, leaving them bottom of National League 2 and eight points adrift of Whitecraigs and Glasgow Accies.
Club president Jim Sugden said: “I felt sorry for the guys, playing on a heavy wet pitch against a Kirkcaldy side who were better suited to the conditions.
“There was no lack of effort from us.”
Kirkcaldy led 17-0 at half-time but, despite a spirited second half, the Aberdeen side just managed one try, by captain Danny Usugo and converted by full-back Graeme Crawford, only for the Fifers to add two more tries.
There was better news from Thurso where Caithness registered a first win in National League 3, their 22-14 win over Strathmore taking them off the bottom of the division.