Hall Russell put four past a lacklustre Ellon United

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A VERY poor display by Ellon saw them go down 4-0 to Hall Russell United in their league match at The Meadows last weekend on a greasy pitch which was only playable thanks to the efforts of Meadows staff.

Ellon started too slowly, and allowed the visitors to get at them far too easily right from the start, particularly out wide. Hall Russell’s were getting the space to get in far too many dangerous crosses, while any half promising play from Ellon was ruined by a poor final touch, lack of control or lack of support.

Ellon were served an early warning in the 10th minute when a short pass put them under unnecessary pressure.

The opening shot was scrambled behind for a corner, which was headed clear, but the ball was picked up by Clunas whose hurtling shot came back off the far post.

Hall Russell opened their account in the 18th minute when Ellon were caught out on a corner. Ellon managed to clear their first cross but when the ball was swung in again, Russells big central defender Mitchell moved in unchallenged to bundle the ball over the line.

The closest Ellon came to hitting back came in the 40th minute when Steve Gunn met a low cross, only to see his first time shot fly wide. Ellon were caught out again in the last minute of the first half when they failed to clear their lines and a poor first touch allowed Barry Milne to grab possession and punish the home side by curling the ball home to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Ellon were more positive at the start of the second half and it took a fine save from keeper Simpson to keep out Ally Reid’s 59th minute effort.

Any remote hope of an Ellon recovery went out the window two minutes later when another poorly defended free kick ended with Mitchell chesting the ball over the line for his second.

Ellon were not getting any breaks in the opposing box, but it was a fine challenge from Rae which denied Martin Foy from snatching a goal back.

Hall Russell’s wrapped up the 81st minute and Ellon were once again the architect of their own downfall when they gifted the visitors possession in a dangerous position with Erskine getting the final touch to complete Ellon’s miserable afternoon.

Ellon United must get Saturdays disappointment out of their system as quickly as possible in the search to improve their leagues tally, starting with a visit to Longside next Saturday, KO 2.30pm.

The winning numbers in united’s Weekly Lucky Six draw were 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 13 and with no one picking the full set. The jackpot for next week’s draw will be £1400 with the selection 6 from 12. the winners of the £10 consolation prizes were J Duncan, M Edmond and K Masson.

ELLON UNITED: Buchanan,

Annand, Craib, Corser, Lawson (McKeitch), Allsop, Chapman (McIntosh), Foy, Forsyth, A Reid, Gunn (Walker). Subs: Irvine, Chalmers, Clark, Moffat.