Amateurs fail to get over the Hill

Closing in: Ellon put pressure on the Kaimhill goal, but were unable to take anything from the game
Closing in: Ellon put pressure on the Kaimhill goal, but were unable to take anything from the game
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Ellon 2- Kaimhill 3

Ellon Amateurs hosted Kaimhill United at the Meadows and were on the lookout for a measure of revenge, after having suffered an early season reverse at the hands of their opponents. Scott Watson made a welcome return to Ellon’s starting line up, having first featured in the side as a 17 year old when Ellon AFC started out some 7 years ago.

Ellon really needed to take something from the game as they are firmly entrenched at the bottom of their division. Accordingly, the home side provided some of the early attacking threat but soon found themselves forced to defend against a big physical Kaimhill side, who had the elements in their favour in the first half.

Goldie was played in by Gardner but Dickinson dived bravely at the centre forwards’ feet to deny what was undoubtedly a gilt-edged goalscoring opportunity.

Shortly afterwards, Maclennan had a great strike from all of 35 yards out, but once again, Dickinson was up to the task and succeeded in holding the midfielders effort.

Kaimhill did have the ball in the net after Watson powered home a header. Unfortunately for the visitors, however, his effort counted for naught as it was given offside by referee Innes.

Morrison played an intelligent ball down the wing to Thomson who took on 3 defenders before getting his shot away, only to see his efforts frustrated as Muir popped up on the line to clear.

With 20 minutes gone Kaimhill took a deserved lead as Bramma forced home a cross from Petty.

However, Ellon had a great chance to equalise soon after as Dempster played in a free kick. Hamilton flicked on the delivery but unfortunately, Bain went just past with his header.

It did not take the home side long to get level. With 30 minutes played, Watson powered down the right and flighted in a great cross which Bain controlled at the back post before side footing it home.

This setback seemed to galvanise the away side and chances came and went for Bramma and Goldie. Nevertheless, they succeeded in taking the lead just before half-time when the ever-dangerous Goldie succeeded in stabbing home the ball following a stramash in the Ellon box.

Both sides had early chances in the second half with Bain failing to make contact with a Thomson cross for Ellon. Bramma again had the ball ni the net for Kaimhill but once again the visitors were thwarted by the offside rule.

Hamilton created a great chance for himself and his clever flick allowed him to break into the Kaimhill box but his powerful strike was saved by keeper Paton.

After 55 minutes of the match Ellon squared the game up again and once more it was Bain who made the difference. A long ball into the Kaimhill box by Watson found Bain who watched the ball drop out of the sky and hit a great first time effort into the bottom corner for his second of the match and 14th of the season.

Ellon then replaced Finnie with Birnie and Urquhart with Buchan as both players started to tire out. Dickinson then kept Ellon in the game with a diving one handed stop from Birnie

But with 23 minutes of the half gone Kaimhill were awarded a penalty as a shot by Goldie hit Slesser on the arm.

Although it seemed a harsh decision, that didn’t seem to trouble Goldie unduly, who sent Dickinson the wrong way from the spot to put the visitors in front for the third time.

Ellon made a positive change as Smith replaced Sutherland. However, it was not to be the experienced strikers day as he passed up three great chances to level for the home side. One effort hit the bar from 3 yards, another was saved and probably the best chance of all was gifted to him by keeper Paton but his effort went wide.

The home side were lucky not to concede a fourth goal as a mix up between Dickinson and Birnie saw the ball canon into the net off Goldie but the referee blew for a foul on the keeper.

Over the piece Ellon could have deserved a draw but they really need to start beating this type of opposition if they are to fight their way out of relegation. With Bain always dangerous Ellon always look likely to score but need to tighten up defensively where a lack of concentration at vital moments always seems to cost them dear. Man of the Match for Ellon was James Bain, while

Ellon’s next match is a league encounter at Westfield Park versus Don Athletic on the 10th March. Kick off 14:00.

Ellon lineup:

Dickinson, Sutherland, Morrison, Finnie, Slesser, Urquhart, Watson, Dempster, Bain, Hamilton, Thomson

Subs : Birnie, Smith, Longmuir, Buchan, Nicol