Ellon coach’s relegation warning after another defeat

Following another disastrous result in Caledonia 1, Ellon Rugby head coach Ryan Morrice has said his team must “consider relegation as a reality”, writes Jack Calvert.

Morrice was speaking after his side lost 36-10 away to Tillicoultry side Hillfoots RFC on Saturday, making Ellon’s record six losses to one win so far this season.

Morrice said: “Too many players didn’t stick to their roles. There was no press from the defence and it allowed them to play an offloading game.

“We had chances but once again we made basis errors or wrong decisions in their 22.

“The forwards didn’t function well as a unit. They allowed themselves to be bullied at the breakdown. The backs never really got going as a result.”

Hillfoots managed to rack up two tries, a penalty and a conversion before half-time, including an interception try right before the break, which were answered by one Stewart Cruickshank penalty to leave the score at 15-3.

Cruickshank, playing full-back, also went on to kick a conversion on 60 minutes after Ellon were awarded a penalty try because of a high tackle on winger Gavin Campbell as he was going over in the corner to score.

But by then Hillfoots had already added a converted try to their tally and went on to collect two more before the final whistle.

The lacklustre performance left a dispondent Morrice searching for answers.

He said: “We have to consider relegation as a reality. We still have 11 games to play and we are not cut adrift at the bottom, but we have to start picking up points.

“We have weeks until our next game, so we need to put in the hard work to try and kick-start our season.”

Ellon’s next game is a rearranged fixture against Orkney at the Meadows on November 29.