Ellon trounce Garioch in relegation play-offs

Ellon's Stuart Hackett bursts through Garioch ranks in Saturday's play-off win at the Meadows.
Ellon's Stuart Hackett bursts through Garioch ranks in Saturday's play-off win at the Meadows.

Ellon showed Garioch RFC what it takes to be in Caledonia 1 with a convincing 39-0 home win in the first-leg of the relegation play-offs on Saturday.

The Meadows men thrilled the substantial crowd with seven well-worked tries in a performance where they looked relieved to be away from the rigours of the regular league.

Captain Nicki Fraser, wing Jamie Gillan, number eight Liam Slaven, second row Stuart Hackett, flanker James Halmshaw and centres Phil Edwards and Alix Macdonald all crossed the line. Fly-half Jake Wills added two conversions.

Garioch started both halves strongly, but Ellon looked to be the fitter side and managed to keep the visitors at bay even when Fraser was sin-binned twenty minutes into the game.

Ellon coach Ryan Morrice, who came on as substitute hooker in the game and almost scored a try late in the second-half, said: “It’s good to get a win like that, I think it’s been coming for the last few weeks.

“It was just a case of holding our composure and doing our jobs. We set out all week to outwork them all over the pitch, we knew that way we would tire them out.

“We pulled them all over the place and I think the result at the end of the day was a fair reflection.

“They were tough in the rucks and up front, but we knew that if we kept working hard we would get our reward, which we did when the game opened up.”

Ellon’s remaining game in the play-offs is against Glenrothes, with the fixture still to be finalised as the Fifers are likely to have a bowl final to play this Saturday because of the disqualification of St Boswells for breaching competition rules.

Morrice said: “The job’s halfway there, but we’ve still got a big game to go.”