Ellon left wandering in the desert

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ELLON will mightily relieved to see the back of what has been a generally poor, long season in which much was promised, but little delivered, as was the case on Saturday when promoted side Greenock Wanderers came calling at the Meadows.

The score may have flattered the second placed west of Scotland side, even if Ellon contributed to its own demise, albeit late in the game when they conceded three soft tries.

Head coach Mike Avis was less than happy with the slip-shod manner in which his charges threw away any chance of winning the game.

“Once again we failed to make our tackles, even if there aspects of our play which were very pleasing, but the late tries were absurd,” said the exasperated Avis who added, ”things will be different next season.”

The promise of major changes may frighten some players, inspiring others to lift themselves for the two remaining fixtures in the league in which they meet Murrayfield Wanderers and East Kilbride.

“They might be meaningless games, but not for players who want to set out their stall for next season,” said Avis, who will not throw the baby out of the bath water, lest he gets rid of players with real potential, but is in no doubt that there needs to be a change in attitude among his senior players.

In respect of last week’s gam,e Ellon had done well up to the half way point, only 14-9 in arrears, but heavily reliant on the kicking of Mark Ryan who slotted three kicks to add to his formidable total of points.

A soft try early in the second half left the Meadows side chasing the game, which they did to good effect through tries from Steve Bucknell and Chris Doak, one of which was converted by Ryan, only to collapse in the closing minutes to a 20-point defeat.

The club has no game this weekend, for which the squad might well be happy, though the suspicion is they would be happy to get it all over and start again, albeit with a winning attitude.