Despite a spirited performance, Duns went down at home to Edinburgh University in the East of Scotland League on Saturday.
The Dingers held their own for long periods of the game, and were level at 1-1 and 2-2, only to concede two goals midway through the second half, from which there was no recovery.
Des Chisholm opened the scoring after 18 minutes following some good build-up play from Martin Tait.
Duns had most of the chances in the first half with the wind advantage of little use.
Edinburgh, however, were always a danger, and they equalised after 42 minutes when Duns keeper Scott Lumsden fumbled a cross ball and the Uni centre snapped at the chance to find the net.
In the second half Duns were kicking into the wind, and it came as no surprise when the visitors pressed hard, pinning them back in their own half.
High ball clearances from the Duns team ended up back over their heads, adding to the pressure, and Edinburgh took the lead just five minutes after the break when a misunderstanding in the Dingers’ defence led to a simple goal.
Duns battled against the conditions and their reward was justified after some good movement.
Stevie Shennan equalised on the hour with his first goal for the club.
But after 70 minutes Duns again pressed the self destruct button, conceding another two unnecessary goals.
The home side then made three substitutions with Ewan Sherry, Michael Robinson and Michael Stewart replacing Steven McHoul, Shane McGregor and Stewart Coyle.
This was Stewart’s first game back following his lengthy lay-off with a leg injury.
He played the final 20 minutes, which bodes well for the future.
Manager Carl Hudson said: “Michael has been out since pre-season, but has been desperate to play.
“He has been training for the past few weeks and has been keen to get back into action.
“I have had to keep the reins on him to a certain extent and we will bring him back gently. In saying that, it was good to have him back.”
In the past two years Stewart has played 53 games for the Dingers, but this was his first ever appearance from the bench.
Duns: Lumsden, Weatherburn, Walker, McHoul (Sherry), Burns, Chisholm, Lee, McGregor (Robinson), Shennan, Tait, Coyle (Stewart).