Away defeat extends bad run of form

Ellon's John Campbell on the break against Glenrothes.
Ellon's John Campbell on the break against Glenrothes.

Winless Ellon suffered another heavy defeat at the weekend, losing 44-9 to Glenrothes at The Meadows, 
writes Jack Calvert.

Fly-half and backs coach Phil Edwards managed three penalties for the home side, leaving the team’s point difference in Caley 1 at -94 after only two games.

In their previous league game, Ellon lost 66-7 away to Morgan Academy FPs, a team who have already seen heavy defeats themselves this season.

But, despite the poor results, the side’s coaching staff remain positive, insisting that they have a young squad who will come good with experience.

Edwards said: “We are still a young team and we had seven players missing. We have a lot to work on in training but it will come.

“I think it will show over the next couple of weeks. The guys are learning more every training session and have improved a lot since last week’s game.

“The way I see it is, if we can get all the boys down to training and put in the work, we will be winning soon enough.

“Morale is relatively high despite two loses and training is geared towards addressing the issues we have identified during the games.

“The key is to keep the boys interested. We ask them what they feel we need to work on as well so it’s not just us barking orders it’s a team effort. I think if the team is

involved in the training plan they enjoy it more and we get more out of them.”

Despite his confidence in the players, Edwards revealed Ellon were looking to strengthen their squad.

He said: “We are on the hunt for more players. We definitely need a few more experienced heads in the team. There are more lurking in the woodwork.

“Against Glenrothes, the game went well in parts but mistakes led to our demise in the end.

“The result doesn’t reflect how the boys played. We dominated most of the time, but it was killer instinct we lacked in the final third.”

Ellon’s next fixture is away to Highland on Saturday. The Invernessians, who were promoted to Caley 1 this season, have had a mixed start to their campaign with a win and a loss, but are always a formidable team to face at Canal Park.

Edwards said: “Of course we are looking for a win. We will work with the boys and get them as ready as they can be.

“Continual improvement is the key. If we are moving forward every week we will move up.”