Ellon have shown they will not be the whipping boys of Caley 1 by grinding out a 6-6 draw with Strathmore RFC at a flooded Inchmacoble Park in Forfar on Saturday.
The forward packs went head to head in horrendous conditions with the visitors being unlucky to not pick up a win.
They dominated up front with their ferocious defence barely allowing Strathmore any line breaks.
The performance continues Ellon’s steady improvement after a poor start to the season.
Fly-half Jake Wills kicked the maroon and gold’s two penalties.
Ellon coach, Duaine Lindsay, said: “Strathmore, I think like everyone else, thought we were going to be whipping boys this season, but we are getting better every week.
“The attitude in the squad has completely changed. That was the best 80 minutes I’ve seen the boys play.
“The conditions were shocking and both teams had to change their tactics to play a forward dominated game.
“It was a throwback to the ‘70s with two packs slugging it out.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t put the icing on the cake with a win, but they are tough at home and I am pleased with the draw.”
Ellon are now equal on points with Morgan Academy FPs in the league and within reaching distance of North-east rivals Mackie, who they face in their next game.
The scene is set for a feisty showdown after the Stonehaven-based side narrowly beat Ellon in the first league game of the season.
Lindsay said: “We are going to keep the intensity high in training for the Mackie game.
“It’s a massive fixture and we have a point to prove after the last game.
“We have Orkney after that and I would like to think we can beat them at home to move up the table.”
The Mackie v Ellon game kicks off at Redcloak Rugby Pitches at 2pm on Saturday, November 16.