Ellon’s three-game unbeaten run in Caledonia 1 stuttered to a halt with a timid 24-12 loss to Orkney RFC at the Meadows on Saturday.
The home side’s usually huge pack was easily tamed by the islanders who dominated the scrum and briefly went top of the league after the victory.
Ellon took an early 7-0 lead through prop Ewan Mcintyre, who bundled over the line and was converted by fly-half Jake Wills. Centre Alix MacDonald added the second try.
The intensity of the Meadow’s pack was hampered by a hamstring injury to flanker Liam Slaven in the warm up.
Ellon coach Duaine Lindsay said: “It wasn’t really the result, but the way we lost which was so disappointing.
“All the hard work we have put in over the last few weeks has been wasted and the boys know that.
“I can’t put my finger on why we were so bad, we just did not turn up.”
Perhaps more worryingly for second bottom Ellon, St Andrews University, whom are currently propping up the table, found their form by beating Mackie 20-13 at Stonehaven.
The timing could not be worse for Ellon as they face the students on Saturday.
Lindsay said: “It’s typical, St Andrews’ team differs according to the term time and it looks as if we will play their A-team again.
“If we lose that we are in trouble and we will have to start all over again.”
Ellon have seven games left to ensure their place in Caley 1 for next season.
The St Andrews v Ellon game kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday at the University’s pitches on St Leonards Road.