Win at last for Ellon Rugby

Ellon Rugby gave themselves a glimmer of hope by beating Caithness 24-22 on Saturday, to pick up their first win of the season.

The home side scored four late tries through Dalgarno, Parker, Lynch and Fraser, with Dobson adding two conversions, to secure the bonus point victory after a strong defensive display in the first half.

Ellon coach, Duaine Lindsay, said: “I am more than pleased. This is an emotional win for us. We finally have something to build on to give the squad confidence.

“We have had a tough few weeks and I gave the boys a hard time this week to try and get them going.

“Caithness were good and they took it to us in the first half, but the boys put on the best defensive display I’ve seen from them all season.

“At half-time I knew we could go on and win the game if we stuck to the game plan and the boys came out and showed us what they can do.

“Guys like Kieron Dalgarno, Ali Edwards and Nicki Fraser were outstanding today.”

Fraser has been in fine form for Ellon since transferring from Aberdeen Grammar at the start of the season and is now standing in for injured captain Stuart Hackett.

Fraser said: “This week has been hard work in training, but we’ve pulled together, worked hard and it has paid off on the pitch.

“I’m proud of the boys today, I would give every one of them 10/10 for the effort they put in.

“At half time I had a few words with them to make sure we didn’t throw away the game like we did against Mackie earlier in the season.

“I have been an Ellon guy since I was six years old, I do not take losing in this shirt lightly. Winning for the club means a lot to me.

“I had a good four years playing in town, now I’ve come back to Ellon because of work and family commitments. I’m happy here and will be playing here for the rest of the season.”

Ellon now have the unenviable task of an away game to a wounded Dunfermline RFC, who lost 39-12 to Perthshire in their most recent match, but beat Ellon 7-35 the last time to two sides met.

Lindsay said: “We know we are a much better team than the last time we played Dunfermline.

“Hopefully we can pick up a point there and go on to string some wins together in the four games after that.”

Fraser said: “We will be going down to Dunfermline with the intention to win. I know it’s a hard place to go and play, but that is the attitude we need to have.”