Young players are repaying coaches faith

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Ellon RFC Head Coach Sam Mountain says the young players in his squad are repaying the faith he and the other coaches have shown in them.

The Meadows side maintained their position at the top of BT Caledonia Division 2 North after another bonus point win, this time at home to bottom side Stornoway.

Ellon beat the islanders 56-5 to keep an eight point gap over Garioch in second place who also had a bonus point win over Highland 2nd XV.

Speaking after the win, Mountain said he was satisfied with his sides performance.

“Five points is always great regardless of who it is against.

“There are work ons for sure and we will be taking them into training.

“I think the fact we had five 18 year olds and two 17 year olds in the squad speaks volumes.

“We trust them to do a job on the pitch and they are repaying the faith the coaches are putting in them.

“They are upping the energy levels at training which pays off on the pitch and pushes everyone in the squad on.”

As for Stornoway, the islanders remain rooted to the bottom of the league table on zero points.

“Being an island side is always difficult with the amount of travelling, but I’m surprised by their standing as last year there wasn’t much between us and them.” Said Mountain.

This weekend Ellon make the short journey to the Granite City to play Aberdeen University Medics.

The Medics sit eighth in the league having won four and lost six of their matches this season including an impressive 31-26 victory over Aberdeen Grammar 2nd XV last weekend.

The following weekend however may go down as the defining moment in Ellon’s season as they travel to Inverurie to face title rivals Garioch.

Ellon won 38-17 when the sides met back in September and another win could see Ellon open up a very healthy gap on the Kellands Park outfit.

That being said, the Ellon coach has put all thoughts of that game to the back of his mind and is solely focused on the game against Medics this weekend.

He said: “Focusing on the next match and nothing else is critical, look to far ahead and you will be punished, and we wouldn’t disrespect the Medics by looking past them.

“They will be a fit, young, tough side and like the remaining games we will have to battle very hard in order to get anything out of the game.

“We know the Garioch game will be massive, but we wont be thinking of it until Saturday afternoon after the Medics game.