Ellon’s relegation fears grow with heavy defeat

Ellon rugby head coach Duaine Lindsay.
Ellon rugby head coach Duaine Lindsay.

Ellon’s hopes of survival in the top flight suffered a major setback when they kicked off their New Year with a 47-0 loss to Caithness in Thurso on Saturday.

The Meadows side look to be heading for relegation from Caledonia 1 this season after narrowly avoiding the drop in 2012/2013.

Saturday’s comprehensive defeat has increased speculation over the future of head coach Duaine Lindsay, who turned down other coaching positions to take the North-east job.

He said after Saturday’s loss: “To be fair to them they did try, but there were too many mistakes, too many knock-ons, they just could not get going at all.

“They had no fight and there was no aggression at the break down. There have only been three times this season they have played well.

“After the first game of the season against Mackie I thought it was going to be alright and then we had a small winning streak, but we have gone totally off the ball again.

“I don’t think we have got the personnel.”

Against Caithness, Ellon constantly coughed up possession and gave away 26 penalties in the first half.

With in-form hooker Ally Edwards injured, Ewan Mcintyre pulled on the unfamiliar number two jersey.

Lindsay said: “Ewan stepped in and did not do too badly but we lost all our line-outs. We were pushing them back in the scrum, but they were hooking the ball well.”

Ellon’s next fixture is at home to second-placed Dunfermline, after which Lindsay’s future at the club is uncertain.

Their season ends with a run-in against mid-table teams - an opportunity they are likely to waste should they continue in their current form.

Home games against Gordonians and Strathmore and away fixtures to St Andrews and Morgan are unlikely to be won should the turmoil of another coaching departure be hanging over the club.