Ellon face the prospect of relegation from Caledonian Division 1, unless they can turn around their troubled season in a tough, demanding run-in of three games.
The sequence starts away to St Andrews University on Saturday.
The Meadows men will be playing their first game since losing the services of head coach Duaine Lindsay, though the departing Irishman gave a ringing endorsement to his replacements.
Before departing the club at the end of January, Lindsay said: “They will grow into the roles. They are both good lads, and will do well.”
The Fife trip is fraught with danger for Ellon, particularly as clubs in Caley Division 1 are never sure which side the students will field.
St Andrews University also play in the British Universities set up, and occasionally send out their stronger Wednesday side.
Last weekend the students gave promotion seeking Orkney a good, close game, but ultimately lost 35-31, though they picked up two valuable losing bonus points.
Notwithstanding, they still remain bottom of the league, and will be keen to beat Ellon especially as they have a game in hand and will leap frog them should they win the vital game.
Ellon team manager Colin Tennant said: “We are sure to get a tough test, but we have been improving of late. It will be a great opportunity for our new coaching team.”
The remaining games are no less easy, including a trip to Dundee to play another of the league’s strugglers Morgan Academy, folllowed by a home game against Strathmore, but both winnable according to Tennant.
He added: “We must believe we can win. I think we can.”
Ellon had a day off last Saturday, enabling most of the squad to watch Scotland’s debacle against England.
“A depressing experience,” said Tennant.