Ellon launched their Caledonian Division 1 campaign with an impressive game of rugby, but failed to give new coach Duaine Lindsay a winning start.
But the Irishman was greatly encouraged by what he saw from his charges in the 35-32 reverse at the hands of Mackie FP’s.
He said after the game: “We won’t be losing a game like that again. We looked the better side for 25 minutes in the second half, but we lost our way at the end of the day.
“There were some aspects of our play, such the breakdown, where we performed efficiently.”
After battling back from a half-time deficit, Ellon had taken a 32-28 lead, only to concede a late try to the Stonehaven side.
The signing of high-profile players, including Aberdeen Grammar prop Nicki Fraser, is a huge boost for the Meadows side who will now head for Orkney on Saturday, where the home team are notoriously strong.
Lindsay gave a strong indication that the squad will be strenghened soon when he said: “We’re bringing in a couple of South Africans and a Kiwi.
“I’m confident of a higher place in the league than last season, and we’re targeting promotion in 2014/15.”
Ellon’s five tries came from Ewan Mcintyre (2), Ally Edwards, Stewart Hancock, and Jimmy Young.