National League 1
Ellon 39 Langholm 9
ELLON turned on the style in the second half of its National League 1 game with Langholm at the Meadows to give their supporters a glimmer of what could be in the new season.
“This was certainly a big improvement on the previous week when we just didn’t turn up at Kilmarnock. There was a better attitude in the side, enabling us to score five tries, two of which were superb efforts,” said Mike Avis the Aberdeenshire side’s head coach who hopes to have some new faces in the team before the end of the month, including prop Jim Renwick.
But in the clash with the Border side it was the old guard who proved just how effective they could be.
Lock Eddie Thereon was at his best for the home side, capping his day with a splendid 50 metre run for his touchdown. Theron’s effort was matched by winger David Yuill, who made a similar burst to the line, laying waste to the Langholm defence for the first of his brace of tries.
Leading 13 - 3 at the interval the home side gathered momentum, adding four further tries, including one for new centre Manaia Osbourne and scrum half Andy Baird.
Stand-off Mark Ryan returned to the side to add to his prolific points tally with four conversions and two penalties to under line his value to the side.
“All in all this was a good day for us, but we’ll get much better,” promised Avis, who will relish a trip to Livingston on Saturday where Ellon take on a side who have lost both its games by big scores, and look to be the whipping boys of the division, though Avis is too long in the tooth to be taken in by the early results.
“You learn to take nothing for granted in this game. Despite their poor start to the season Livingston will get our full respect,” he said.
Livingston 5 - Ellon 50
ELLON made it two wins in a row last weekend when they overwhelmed a Livingston side who admit to be in transition, and therefore unlikely to make it into the new top three league structure next season, whereas the Meadows side has the highest of hopes.
The National League 1 clash with the Almond Park side looked anything like a one side affair as Ellon lacked the necessary cohesion to make inroads to the home defence.
“In the first quarter we lacked the dynamic the occasion demanded, but eventually we came good, scoring 22 points before half - time, only to surrender a try just after the interval,” said head coach Mike Avis.
What happened after the home side’s only score was quite bizarre according to Avis who said: “Despite being reduced to 13 men as a consequence of some strange refereeing decisions we actually started to play better rugby, clearly with our dander up.”
As a result the visitors scored two fine tries during the absence of its two players, taking the game away from the home side who melted in the heat of Ellon pressure with debutante Ewan Brumwell featuring at full-back from where he scored a try, two conversions and a late penalty.
Once again winger David Yuill was on the score sheet with a brace of tries, while veteran stand off James Young rolled back the years with two of his own. Tries from Maniai Osbourne, Karl Bayliss and Ewan Eley completed the eight try romp for Ellon, setting them up nicely for a home game against Edinburgh Blues at the Meadows on Saturday.
“This gives us the chance to make it three in a row and crucially a chance to ease into the top four for us to reach the elite of Scotland’s top leagues next season,” said Avis who confessed to being much more happy with his side’s attitude.
“We’re on the move,” he said.