ELLON condemned Mackie FP’s to the bottom place in Caley Division 1 after a closely fought victory at the Meadows, easing through 23 - 20, but not before they had to come from behind twice against to prevail over the undisciplined Stonehaven side.
The match was almost a mirror image of the last time the two met back in September when the maroon and golds lost in injury time after getting two yellow cards and a red, though the result on this occasion was in favour of the Meadows side.
Mackie were subject to similarly harsh refereeing, but allowed their composure to slip, resulting in its tighthead prop getting sent off.
In sharp contrast, Ellon’s discipline was near impeccable in picking up their first win in three games.
Scrum half Andrew Ovenstone, sealed the victory with a late penalty to add to the three tries scored earlier in the tough encounter.
The pick of these came from Ryan Bowron, who slithered through a couple of tackles to dot down in the corner.
Meanwhile the Ellon pack were putting in the hard yards with driving mauls, two of which led to tries for Conor Slaven who was making a welcome return from injury.
Picking up this win was morale boosting for Ellon, who have been struggling in the highly competitive league in which runaway leaders Aberdeenshire look the pick of the bunch.
Captain Liam Slaven performed his usual heroics in the back row, setting the standard for his side.
“The new guys in the squad put in a good shift. The work Andy Parker and Andy Milburn did was invaluable, combined with the efforts of regulars Jonny Munro and Stuart Hackett,” said Slaven, adding: “we are improving, but there were times when I thought we made things hard for ourselves. If we had been a bit smarter and more focussed we could have closed the game out earlier, but it’s a good win, which will give us some momentum.”
Ellon now have a four week break from league action, but have a Caley Regional Shield game against Highland at the Meadows on Saturday, kick off 13.30.