Ellon lose again but earn praise of coach

Ellon captain Nicki Fraser powers his way through against Dunfermline.
Ellon captain Nicki Fraser powers his way through against Dunfermline.

Ellon lost another game at home but gained the respect of their coach on Saturday.

Head coach Duaine Lindsay described his players as “brilliant” despite losing 22-3 to Dunfermline.

He has also delayed his departure from the club until after Ellon’s next game in the hope that he can find work to keep him in the North-east.

He said: “I can’t believe how good we were, but still didn’t win that game.

“We totally destroyed them in the first half and crossed the line three times but were held up.

“We couldn’t finish off our chances and they came back and hit us on the bounce with some good tries in the last 20 minutes.”

Lindsay praised captain Nicki Fraser, vice Stuart Hackett and returning hooker Michael Cox who led from the front in the spirited defeat.

Bottom-of-the-table Ellon are unlikely to make much headway up the Caledonia 1 league table, but have a glimmer of hope of staying in the league.

The SRU recently confirmed there would be a four-team playoff between ninth and 10th teams in Caley 1 and the second placed in Caley 2 Midlands and Caley 2 North.

On current standings this would mean a playoff between Ellon, St Andrews University, Harris Academy FPs and Garioch - who Ellon kept out of Caley 1 in last season’s playoffs.

Two spaces are available in Caley 1 along with another two for the winners of the Caley 2 leagues.

The news will come as a relief to Ellon who have a run-in against mid-table teams after winning only three games in the season so far.

Lindsay said his side “should stay up”.

Their next game, at home against Gordonians RFC, kicks off at 2pm on Saturday.