Ellon United’s usual struggle to deal with Banchory St Ternan dogged them again on Saturday with the visitors winning 3-1 in their league match at The Meadows.
The fine weather disappeared at kick-off time and the home side who were once again forced to ring the changes gave their support very little to cheer them up on a miserable afternoon.
After an opening spell of pressure from Banchory, United passed up several scoring chances and the home side were made to pay midway through the first half.
United keeper Tony Buckley had a shot from Pyper covered only to let the greasy ball slip from his grasp and despite his efforts it trundled over the line to give Banchory the boost they needed.
Pyper then doubled his team’s lead eight minutes before the interval. United looked to have recovered the situation when they managed to force the ball away after play had been allowed to continue with the home side looking for offsides.
Unfortunately for Ellon the broke out to Pyper who fired it home low through a ruck of players to send Banchory in 2-0 up at the interval.
United pressure at the start of the second half saw Ryan Stewart weave his way into the Banchory box but he was unable to get a shot off before finally losing his footing on the greasy surface.
United maintained their early push with Callum Tremaine sending over an inviting cross which went harmlessly across the face of the goal.
Banchory broke straight up the field with Henderson taking his chance to increase their lead with a low shot which beat Buckley down at his right hand post.
United grabbed a goal back in the 52nd minute. This time the Banchory defence looked to have dealt with an Ellon attack which appeared to be offsides only for the ball to fall to Blair Johnston who drilled it beyond keeper McIntosh.
Although United were enjoying a better share of the play they never really looked like causing the visitors enough problems as they were too guilty of giving the ball back, particularly at set pieces where their crossing in the second half was very poor.
Ellonmade a couple of changes with Scott Whelan replacing Mariouz Kwiakowski and Lenny Johnson coming on for Tremaine, but they were still unable to put the Banchory goal under sustained pressure.
Buckley made a fine save at the feet of Napier before Chris Craib was unlucky with an 80th minute effort which beat McIntosh only to come back off the bar and the ball was bundled behind for a corner which might have made the closing stages more interesting.
Ellon United: Buckley, Annand, Craib, Leahy, Allsop, Johnston, Kwiakowski (Whelan), McCauley, Tremaine (Johnson), Stewart, Morrice, Erskine, McLeod, Rozanski.
Banchory St Ternan: McIntosh, Gray, Whelan, Reid, Robertson, Pyper, Close, Napier, Henderson, McGregor, Oert, Scully, Brunsman, Mitchell, Bain