Ellon made an early exit from the Caledonia Regional Shield, losing out 35-7 to Dunfermline at the Meadows.
New head coach Duaine Lindsay was present to see his charges for the first time and was not too despondent about what he saw.
He admitted that “there was work to be done” but added “the potential is there.”
The maroon and golds could only manage one try, scored by former Grammar prop Nicki Fraser, converted by Jack Dalgarno against a determined Fife side who were relegated from the championship last season.
The reverse was worrying for the Meadows men who had their own brush with relegation, only surviving after a play-off.
Ellon must now pick themselves up for a league game on Saturday when they will be at home to Mackie FP’s.
Interim coach Ryan Morrice said: ‘’This is a disappointing result after a positive pre - season build up.
“We have a new coach starting this week. We were hoping to hand over the reigns with a clean sheet, but Dunfermline were too good for us.
“Mackie had a good run in the second half of last season, but hopefully we can show a bit more intent in the league.”
The Caledonia League 1 game kicks off at 3pm.
Meanwhile, Ellon Under 18 side were denied the opportunity to play their eagerly-awaited first game in the new Scottish Under 18 League on Saturday when Glasgow Hawks turned up with only 12 players, leaving the home side frustrated and disappointed.
Neil Emmison, one of the coaches, said: “There was no way we could play the fixture, though as a consolation we were awarded the points.
“It’s so disappointing after all the training we have done for this game.”
On Saturday, Ellon travel to Edinburgh where they meet Boroughmuir, followed by a long trip to Ayr on September 14.