Ellon dragged themselves off the bottom of the Caley 1 league on Saturday with a hard-fought 20-10 victory over Morgan Academy FPs.
The home side crossed the try line throuh Andrew Grant, Ewan Mcintyre and Jake Wills with Walker Lynch adding the final spectacular score to secure the bonus point.
The win is Ellon’s second in the season following a gradual improvement in performances.
Ellon coach, Duaine Lindsay, said: “I’m pleased with the heart the boys showed to win a tough game.
“With the bonus point we can now start looking at the teams above us who only have a few more points.
“It’s a relief to move off the bottom of the table.”
Ellon saw Graham McKittrick sin-binned in the second half, but put on a gutsy defensive display to deny the FPs a chance to get back in the game.
Lindsay said: “The guys definitely did well to close out the game, but to be honest we have played better and lost.
“It was difficult having guys like Nicki Fraser and Stuart Hackett off the pitch as we lacked a bit of leadership.
“Even though the boys played well, our structure was very loose and I don’t think we played to the game plan once.
“Overall the quality of the game was not that good and we’ll need to make some improvements if we want to beat Strathmore next week.”
Mid-table Strathmore have been inconsistent this season, but are fearsome opposition with a home advantage.
Lindsay said: “We know Strathmore are going to be tough away, but we’re looking to build on what we’ve achieved in the past few weeks.
“Unfortunately the season started a bit too soon for us and the first few games were basically our pre-season.”
The Strathmore-Ellon game kicks off at 2pm at Inchmacoble Park on Saturday.