ELLON made it two wins in a row, registering its first away win of the season against a Gordonians side who have hopes of finishing in the top three of Caley Division 1, while the Meadows men - despite the victory - are still in the relegation zone.
First half tries from Callum Scott and Aidan Holland, one of which was converted by Andrew Ovenstone, gave Ellon a rare win on the road, though it was its defence in the second half which won the game.
“We showed dogged determination in the second period to deprive Gordonians of a bonus point, confining them to a lone penalty. I’m chuffed with the team,” said assistant coach Ryan Morrice, clearly enjoying himself in the absence of interim head coach Michael Cox.
“It was another aggressive display from prop Ewan McIntyre and good tackles from winger Craig Davidson which helped win the points. As usual captain Liam Slaven was everywhere, setting a great example,” added Morrice who was particularly happy with the manner in which the Ellon forwards had made a mockery of the home scrum.
Even the sin - binning of loose - head prop Jonny Munro did little to disrupt the Ellon pack, as Ellon battled to save themselves from relegation.
The win sets the team up for its most prestigious game of the season on Saturday when they travel to Woodside for the rare opportunity to win silverware when they meet high - flying Aberdeenshire in the final of the Caledonian Regional Shield.
The last time the two met was on league business with the Aberdeen side winning 26 - 8 at the Meadows.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make our mark in North - east rugby, but most of all it’s a chance to build momentum for the battle to avoid the drop, which has to be the number one priority for us,” said Morrice.
The Woodside team are two wins from winning the league title, but will harbour hopes of a league and shield double.