Ellon’s chances of escaping relegation from Caley 2 North were dealt a blow in Elgin when they were comprehensively beaten 52-16 by Moray on Saturday, writes Jack Nixon.
Ellon’s young, inexperienced side were no match for the slicker, aggressive home team, leaving the Meadows outfit firmly at the bottom of the league and with a tough game against Ross Sutherland to come on Saturday, Although Ellon are at home, they are unlikely to improve their position before the Christmas break.
The club is, however, looking to come good in the early part of 2016 when the under 18 players will be available to play in the senior side.
Director of rugby Gareth Kemp said: “I am looking for major improvements when our youngsters come into the team. I only ask that our supporters show some patience.
“I am sure we can turn the situation around, and predict we will occupy a mid-table position at the end of the season.”
In the meantime, at Invergordon, an inspired Garioch side were making a bold bid for promotion in the same league after winning the battle for second place against Ross Sutherland. The 15-0 win was hard fought, but well-earned.
The Kellands Park side were further boosted by the news that league leaders Deeside were beaten for the first time this season, enabling Garioch to close to within 12 points of the Banchory side.
The gap can be further reduced over the next two weeks as Garioch have a home game against lowly Shetland, followed by a trip to Deeside on December 19 for a game which could have a big say on where the title goes at the end of the season.