Bristol fell to a 15th league loss of 2016-17 at home to local rivals Gloucester
The Premiership’s bottom club remain seven points adrift with four matches to play
They also have the top three to play in an arduous run in
Jonny May’s last-gasp try at Ashton Gate meant Gloucester left with maximum points against a spirited Bristol side in their clash on Friday night.
Fly-halves Billy Burns and Bill Searle exchanged penalties early on before Charlie Sharples converted try gave the visitors the lead.
Fly-half Burns then extended the Cherry & Whites lead to 10 points, but Searle responded with another three-pointer just before the break to reduce the deficit, 6-10.
Searle slotted another kick after 54 minutes, but the host’s job was made even tougher two minutes later as Burns crossed unopposed for the visitors second try
The fly-half then added the conversion himself, making it a long way back for Bristol, 9-20.
The home fans were then heading for the exits after replacement Lewis Ludlow barged over for the visitors but there was time for Max Crumpton to dot down a consolation for Bristol.
However, England wing May rounded off a length of the field effort with the final action of the match to secure Gloucester a try-scoring bonus-point.