Langholm 37-Ellon 34

ELLON were once again wondering what they have to do to win games on the road after tumbling to a last gasp penalty in the Borders against Langholm in a thrilling spectacle of a game.

“It’s hard not to feel sorry for the guys, but once again we have let a side off the hook who should have been beaten. In fairness we played some good rugby, but aimless out of hand kicking cost us the game, combined with some missed first up tackles,” said head coach who will now have to lift his charges for this weekend’s National Shield game at Garnock.

The tie represents the Meadows side’s last chance of honours now that all hopes of promotion from National League 1 have gone.

Avis will be hopeful his generally young side have learned from the last few months and will carry the flag to Garnock in a bid to keep spirits up at the club.

“Scoring four tries was a real plus, but conceding five negates our efforts. We must learn to be more composed at key moments, but the good thing is there were youngsters out there who were getting a taste of competitive rugby,” said Avis who was particularly happy for winger Calum Cruickshank who scored a try, but was once again indebted to scrum half Todd Patterson who turned in another sterling performance, scoring again for his side.

Centre Mark Ryan was again on the scoresheet, notching up a try, four conversions and two penalties to add to his ever growing total of points.

Flanker Glen Douglas scored a second half try as Ellon seemed to have the game in hand after leading 20 - 12 at half - time.

Even at 34 points apiece the worst the visitors seemed set at least for a draw, only for the house to fall on them in injury time when they conceded a penalty.

“We were all gutted,” said Avis summing up the mood in the Ellon camp.