Ellon Rugby’s disastrous season took another turn for the worse on Saturday when they lost 61-0 to Glenrothes RFC.
The side also received a three-point deduction in the league for failing to fulfil a fixture earlier in the campaign, writes Jack Calvert.
Sitting at the foot of the table with just one win to their name, relegation from Caledonia 1 already looked likely for the side, but it now seems virtually certain given the penalty applied for failing to field at team at home to Orkney in October. Against Glens, the result was almost a forgone conclusion.
Typically, Ellon were unable to travel with a full strength back line, leaving back rowers Kieron Dalgarno and Jamie Simpson to fill in the gaps, while the home side went to the top of the table after the win.
The Fifers crossed the line five times in the first half with two conversions to leave the score at 29-0 at the break and registered another six tries and one conversion in the second 40.
Ellon were without their head coach Ross Finlay who is currently in Ireland, but assistant coach Jimmy Young was there to try and keep his struggling side going.
He said: “They are a good team who have gone up over the last couple of years so they’ve obviously got themselves organised.
“Unfortunately, while we had an almost full strength pack, again our backline was weak and featured a couple of new starts. After the first couple of tries, the heads went down a little bit and we were defending for most of the first half after that.
“We picked things up in the second half, were pressing them and were bit unlucky not to get a couple of scores ourselves.
“Composure in the 22 let us down and they got a couple of run-away tries that were purely down to bad tackling - they were trying to hit the guys high rather than taking their legs away.
“It was a top of the table team against a side that is struggling at the moment to put a side out. It showed.”
Ellon now face a desperate eight-game scramble to try and accrue enough points to save themselves from the drop, but are unlikely to pick up wins anytime soon given that their next two games are the dreaded away fixtures to Caithness RFC and Orkney.
Their only hope may be a four-game run at the end of the season.
These final fixtures are all at home against mid to bottom table sides, starting with Morgan Academy FP who currently sit one place above Ellon in Caley 1.