A season of frustration, admits Ellon president

Ellon Utd
Ellon Utd

Ellon United were denied a game on Saturday when their Superleague fixture at Hermes was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Frustrated players and officials were left to kick their heels, though for many at the club it was a chance to catch up with the hurly burly of the Scottish Cup.

But for president and former player Billy Gordon it was an opportunity to reflect on the fortunes of the club in what has been a disappointing season for one of the oldest sporting organisations in the town.

Not that the 62-year-old president was too concerned about history, as he viewed life in the bottom half of the league, and not yet absolutely safe from relegation.

Gordon, like many clubs in the area, has been disappointed to lose out to the weather on a number of occasions over the past month.

He said: “It has been a frustrating season, especially as we have a good, keen squad, and a fine coaching team. We really should have achieved more, but we won’t go down.

“It’s not as if it has been a bad winter, but all the rain has led to major problems, though we have been lucky at the Meadows where we have one of the finest facilities in the North-east.”

Currently United, who have been playing competitive football in the area for more than a 100 years, are lying 10th in the Superleague with eight games to play, but according to Gordon have dropped some silly points.

He admitted: “We seem to play well against the top teams, and then fail to beat teams below us in the division, but that’s something we need to work on.

“I would also like to see us scoring more goals. To date we only scored 24 in 18 starts.”

This coming weekend United are again scheduled to meet Hermes away, but this time in the first round of the McBookie.com McLeman Cup, a game that Gordon looks forward to.

“This gives us a break from league action, but a good opportunity to get our game in good shape for the pressures of the league. I am sure manager Bruce Morrison will have them up for the game,” said Gordon, no doubt mindful that the club won the McLeman Cup in the 1977/78 season.

He added: “It would be great to land a trophy, but staying up is our first priority.”