National League 1 by Jack Nixon

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A second half fightback was not enough to save Ellon from defeat against top of the table Lasswade who had raced into a 23-0 lead at half - time, leaving the Meadows side a mountain to climb in the second period.

In fairness Ellon made a brave fist of the situation, outscoring the Midlothian outfit by two tries to one, only conceding a late try after clawing its way back into the match at 23-14.

“We showed them too much respect in the first half, giving away two soft tries and generally not giving of anything like our best, but in the second 40 minutes we got our dander up and bossed the show. It was an impressive performance,” said head coach Mike Avis who admitted his side had been lifted by the arrogant attitude of the visitors.

“I’d like to think were in a similar position we would show our opponents a little more consideration. Respect is the name of the game,” he added..

Once again winger David Yuill was the hero of the day, but reliant on his team mates to set up his lung bursting try in a move which involved most of the home side.

Full-back Karl Bayliss scored the other touchdown, both of which were converted by Mark Ryan.

‘’The second half sets us up for a crack at East Kilbride, though we must get into our stride quicker,’’ said Avis.

For those supporters who chose to go to Murrayfield to see Scotland play Italy it was a question of first time lucky in the Six Nations, as the home side eased to a 21-8 win, giving the Scots some hope for the forthcoming World Cup, but with much to do in the intervening six months.