No joy for Ellon in final home fixture

It was hard going for Ellon against Strathmore in their final home fixture of the season.
It was hard going for Ellon against Strathmore in their final home fixture of the season.

Ellon Rugby’s final home game in Caledonia 1 came to a disappointing end on Saturday when they lost 39-7 to Strathmore RFC despite showing early signs of promise, writes Jack Calvert

The Meadows’ side competed well in the first half, but squandered lengthy spells of possession and some decent attacking opportunities.

They were still in the running after the break with the half-time score being 8-0, but after that Strathmore got into their stride to make the lead unassailable.

Winger Tom Large came off the bench to score Ellon’s second-half try and fly-half Andrew Ovenstone converted the effort.

Ellon forwards coach Ryan Morrice said: “We played some good rugby, some good offloading stuff and it was close at half time. We were a bit unlucky not to be level.

“We switched off for 20 minutes in the second half and they ran in some really soft tries. We always seem to have a bad spell in a game where everything seems to go wrong and we get punished for it.

“We took the wrong options in their 22. It was quite a windy day and for some reason the boys kept trying to force the tail throw. I was trying to get the message on to them to keep it simple.

“But we came back and got a try at the end. If the boys had been a bit cleverer in the first half with their decision making, we could have maybe scored a few more because we had a lot of possession.

“It’s the story of our season, just the way it goes. There was some good stuff that came out, but we’ve just got to hope that it picks up for next season.”

Ellon will be relegated to Caley 2 North at the end of the season after winning just one game in this campaign. Their last Caley 1 fixture will be away to Caithness on Saturday.