Gutsy performance

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ELLON RFC clocked up its fourth consecutive win in National League 1, with a victory over Linlithgow at the weekend.

This victory will keep the team’s faint hopes of a fourth place finish alive, following a notably disciplined, gutsy performance at the Meadows.

The narrow, but hard fought and well deserved 13 - 0 win over the West Lothian side was achieved in the most foul of weather conditions, with wind and rain sweeping the pitch.

The elements, however, affected the visitors more than the home side, who spent most of the game on the offensive. Despite their strenuous efforts, however, they were only able to score one

try.

Non-stop attacking in the first half - and playing with the wind at their backs - yielded only one penalty for the home side, which had the small, but faithful band of supporters doubtless fearing the worst in the second half.

They need not have worried, in the event, as the Meadows men raised their collective game with a concentrated effort to take the game to the young, but limited visitors.

Ellon’s well-earned reward came in the 65th minute when the excellent Mark Ryan set up Euan Eley for a touchdown under the posts.

This allowed the stand off to add to his earlier penalty, bringing the score to 10-0, before he finished

the game as a contest in the last minute of play with a superb penalty into the wind from a difficult angle.

Ellon Head coach Mike Avis was pleased with the effort and said: “This was a good win in appalling conditions.

“The guys stuck to the task, keeping us on track, but most of all giving us a victorious game before we take on league leaders Musselburgh.”

Club president Colin Tennant was also appreciative of the commitment of the players and said their performance boded well for their upcoming game against the league leaders.

“It was a gutsy showing,” he said afterwards.

“We are determined to make a top four place to take us into next seasons new premiership structure. The Musselburgh game will be a real test of Ellon RFC’s ambition to win.”