Ellon United found themselves on the wrong end of a crushing scoreline at Culter on Saturday.
Four goals from former United striker Andy Anderson and three from Nicky Gordon led the way to a humbling 10–1 rout.
The result didn’t flatter Culter. Our display was embarrassing at every levelChris Allsop Co-manager
There was no indication of what was going to unfold as Ellon took the game to Culter early on only for the home side to open their account in their first attack in the eighth minute.
United conceded an unnecessary penalty in the 21st minute which triggered a devastating three-goal spell in six minutes before Culter added a fifth right on the stroke of half time.
Ellon tried to bolster things by introducing the more experienced Scott McLeod and Neil Erskine for youngsters Ally Blair and Craig Marshall but to no avail.
United’s first half vulnerability came to the fore again only four minutes into the second half and once again as too many times it was a break out wide ending with a low cross and a simple finish which did the damage.
Ellon’s scrap of consolation came on the hour mark when Tito Silva wheeled on a throw-in and shot home at the far post.
Another devastating two goals in two minutes in the 80th and 82nd minutes rocked United even further.
A rare mistake by Warren Robertson under pressure led to Culter’s ninth before the home side completed the rout in the final minute.
Co-manager Chris Allsop said there was a sense of disbelief in the dressing room afterwards and he hopes it will act as a wake-up call for his team.
He added: “The result didn’t flatter Culter. Our display was embarrassing at every level.
“Culter were clinical, they finished their chances well, won every second ball, flooded forward in numbers, pressed as a team and got bodies behind the ball as soon as they lost possession. Andy Anderson showed why we rate him as the best striker in the league and we never got close to him all afternoon.
“Of the few occasions that we did get into good attacking positions were due to doing the things that have been coached all season. It just didn’t happen often enough and we never had that cutting edge or desire to really worry the Culter goal.
“I sincerely hope that this will be the wake-up call that the team needs to start realising that they need to listen to what they are told, work hard and do things simple.
“All we can do collectively as a team is apologise for the performance and work hard to ensure this is just a blip in a season where generally there has been an upward trend.”
Ellon United: Robertson, Tremaine, Blair (McLeod), Steven Benzie, Tewnion, Crisp, Johnson, Marshall (Erskine), McDonald, Wilson, Silva, Greig, Coutts, Wood.
Culter: Buchanan, Sim, S Robertson, Wilson, R Robertson, Cromar, Horne, Presly, Gordon, Anderson, Leith, McGregor, Murray, Smith, Keith, Smyth.
United are at home to Hall Russell United on Saturday. The kick-off is 1.30pm.