Ellon get the better of Garioch in friendly

Ellon have been experiencing a dismal season in rugby's top flight.
Ellon have been experiencing a dismal season in rugby's top flight.

Ellon Rugby got a rare win under their belt on Saturday, although not in the fixture that they had hoped.

The Meadows’ men put together a scratch side of first and second-string players to take on Caledonia 2 North team Garioch in Inverurie after their scheduled game against Caley 1 counterparts Caithness RFC was called off.

Ellon overcame Garioch 52-22 in the friendly, which forwards coach Ryan Morrice described as beneficial ahead of this weekend’s away clash with third-placed Orkney RFC.

Morrice said: “The conditions were pretty awful and we played into the wind in the first half. The snow came on at the kick-off and stopped at full time.

“We only had 15 players due to call-offs. We lost flanker Jamie Simpson to injury after 15 minutes and then our full-back Chris Conlan at half time, so we played the whole second half with 13 men.

“It was hard to set and build structure due to the conditions and the fact it was a mix of first and seconds, but it was good for the guys to get a hit out ahead of Orkney this weekend.”