Rugby - National League 1 by Jack Nixon

ELLON were frustrated in its bid to play their last away game of the season last week when after taking to the road the Aberdeenshire side received a late call to say the game with Murrayfield Wanderers was off.

“It was most annoying to have made the effort to travel, hired a bus, and generally got ourselves in the mood for a game. The Edinburgh side will now be facing a bill for our bus, as they broke all the agreements for calling off a game,” said an angry Mike Avis the Ellon head coach who was particularly disappointed for the young players some of whom were due to make debuts for the National League 1 side.

“We were well up for a game, having trained well all week. There was a good buzz in the bus. The phone call was not well received, leaving us all rather flat and nowhere to go,” said Avis.

In the meantime in London 38 players, officials and supporters from the Meadows based club were getting ready to go to Twickenham for the Calcutta Cup, many of them expecting Scotland to get a right royal hammering from Six Nations favourites England.

In the event Scotland gave a great account of themselves coming within an ace of pulling off a first win at Twickenham since 1983.

“At 19 - 16 down and eight minutes to go I thought Scotland were going to pull it off. It was a near thing, but in the end hugely disappointing after coming so close, but we consoled ourselves in town after the game,” said Colin Tennant the club’s vice - president.

This weekend Ellon take on run away league leaders Lasswade at the Meadows, while Scotland have the chance to avoid the dreaded mythical wooden spoon when they play Italy at Murrayfield in the final game of the tournament.