BEFORE Saturday’s game, it was over decade since Ellon last faced Gordonians competitively on a rugby pitch. It was worth the wait for the home side, who made a strong defensive display and showed powerful running in attack.
Ellon scored three tries through Sam Mountain, Greg Willets and Kieron Dalgarno. Man-of-the-match Dalgarno also kicked a conversion as did Andrew Ovenstone.
The maroon and golds scored their points in the first half and got on the front foot through the intelligence of Mountain who kept momentum with quick tap penalties. Ellon’s wing, Jordan Tijou, also made an impression, running good lines.
Gordonians put everything they had into the second half and were rewarded with a converted try scored by scrum half Hemingway.
But Ellon were too tough defensively, with the likes of Ewan Macintyre making some big hits while captain Liam Slaven played havoc with the Gordonian lineout.
Slaven said: “I’m very happy with the boys’ excellent first half performance. Hopefully today’s game can act as a stepping stone.
“It was great to have guys like Alex Fowlie and Ryan Bowron coming into the squad to make their first starts today.”
The only negatives Ellon take away are their lack of composure to secure the four try bonus point and an injury to centre Ed Adie.
Adie went down with a suspected medial ligament injury in the second half and a long term lay off could spell trouble for the Meadows side after already losing outside centre Ewan Eley to work commitments.
Slaven said: “It’s disappointing for us to lose a guy like Ed even for a couple of games. He has been on top form. We’re looking to add some depth to our squad in the midfield.
“Although I’m pleased with the win and the effort everyone put in, there is still room for improvement.
“A small lack in concentration let Gordonians sneak a try, and we just let ourselves slip slightly by not getting the bonus point. But all in all I’m happy with our performance.”
Ellon will try to continue their good form when they travel to Hillfoots RFC this weekend. The Tillicoultry side sit nine points lower in the Caley 1 league table but are yet to lose at home.
Slaven said: “Hillfoots should be tough customers but we’re looking forward to it. Our aim is to progress from today’s victory.”