Hillfoots 31 Ellon 5
Ellon failed to get their first away win of the season on Saturday when they put on a disappointing display against a powerful Hillfoots RFC, who maintained their two year unbeaten record at home.
Ellon arrived in Tillicoultry just ten minutes before kick-off, after a serious incident on the A90 caused the road to be closed. An inadequate warm up and no team run did not help the visitors, and Hillfoots took advantage with an early try.
From then on the home team asserted themselves in the game through the direct running of their forwards as well as their tenacity at the breakdown. Their visiting counterparts failed to match their vigour.
Ellon did manage to get on the score board through a well finished Ben Hickie try late in the first half, which put the score at 17-5 going into the break.
Nonetheless, possession was dominated by Hillfoots in the second half, nullifying any potential comeback from the maroon and golds.
The match saw a lacklustre performance overall for the Ellon side, who have been showing encouraging signs in recent weeks. Not everything is negative for this team, however. Ellon RFC are currently blooding many new players and rebuilding a team ethos which has been lacking in recent seasons.
Nevertheless this is still a result which they will hope to put behind them, especially before next Saturday’s against Strathmore at the Meadows.
Head coach, Mike Cox said: “To be honest, the guys let themselves down a bit today. We can definitely play better than this, but we just didn’t perform.
“We failed to execute the basics. We gave the ball away far too cheaply, I don’t think we strung together more than two phases of play in the second half.
“Hillfoots were big strong guys who ran straight and hard. Credit to them, it was effective.
“As a club we’re currently rebuilding, so of course we are going to have set backs like the match today.
“But we definitely can’t play against Strathmore like that if we want to win.”
Ellon: Willets, Hickie, Davidson, Young, Macdonald, Hayman; Munro, Porche, Macintyre, Hackett, Farquhar, Calvert, Slaven (capt.), Dalgarno.
Subs: Morrice, Simpson, Fowlie, Bowron.