Ellon hope for New Year return to form

Action from the Ellon v Perthshire Caledonia 1 game at The Meadows on Saturday. Ellon lost 31-5.
Action from the Ellon v Perthshire Caledonia 1 game at The Meadows on Saturday. Ellon lost 31-5.

Ellon will be looking for a New Year’s resolution after slumping to the bottom of the Caledonia 1 table for the second time this season.

The Meadows side lost 31-5 to Perthshire at The Meadows on Saturday, bringing relegation dangerously close.

Ellon’s solitary try came from hooker Ali Edwards who picked up a hamstring injury at the end of the game.

The home side suffered from poor discipline, culminating in a Craig Macintyre yellow card in the second half.

Ellon assistant coach Ryan Morrice said: “Everything you could think of we got penalised for.

“We played some good rugby when we had ball in hand but just couldn’t keep control of it for a sustained period of time.

“They are a good side who deserve the points and you would think they might win the league.”

The win saw Perthshire move to the top of the table ahead of Dunfermline, whose away game against Orkney was postponed.

Ellon have six games remaining to secure their place in Caley 1.

They rely on a good run of form in January, but coming away with any points from their next two games will be tough.

On January 11 Ellon travel to Caithness, a brutally strong home side, after that they face title contenders Dunfermline.

Morrice said: “We are not out of this yet. We still have both St. Andrews Uni and Gordonians to play, who we are within touching distance of, and we’ve still got games at home,”

Ellon’s second team, the Ythan Pythons, lost their fixture away to Aberdeen University Medics 78-0 after travelling to the game with only 14 men and picking up an early injury.