Ellon’s disappointing season took another twist on Saturday when they broke their four-game losing streak only to see their head coach resign.
Duaine Lindsay, who joined the club last September, announced his departure after a rare 22-17 victory over Gordonians RFC at the Meadows, declaring he had to leave because of personal issues.
Ellon scored three tries through prop Ewan Mcintyre, number eight Kieron Dalgarno and flanker Douglas Sharp to hold off a late comeback from Gordonians.
Fly-half Jake Wills added two conversions and a penalty to complete the scoring.
Lindsay said: “The boys did well, although I thought Gordonians would have been a bit better than they were. They had a lot of possession, but up front they had nothing at all.
“We destroyed them in the forwards, especially in the scrum, which was surprising considering we didn’t have key front row players like Nicki Fraser and Ali Edwards.
“It is bad timing with the way the boys are playing now, but my leaving is for personal reasons, it’s nothing to do with the players or the team’s position in the table.
“I just can’t do it anymore.”
The win sees Ellon bounce off the bottom of the table ahead of St Andrews University, with three games left to claim a place in next year’s Caledonia 1 set-up.
They need to finish three places from the bottom of the league to avoid a four-team relegation playoff involving the bottom two teams in Caley 1 and the second placed teams in Caley 2 North and Midlands. The top two teams in the Caley 2 leagues are automatically promoted.
As the leagues currently stand this would mean a playoff between Ellon, St. Andrews University, Garioch and Harris Academy FPs for two Caley 1 places.
Ellon’s next game is away to relegation rivals St.Andrews on February 15. Kick-off 3pm.