Ellon crashed 50-5 to a more organised Highland team at the Meadows on Saturday in what became a second half rout in the Caledonia 1 clash, writes Jack Nixon.
Home coach Ross Finlay was dismayed to see his young charges fail to maintain their recent improvement.
He said: “We looked quite positive in the first half and were giving Highland a game, but we fell off the pace.
“For a while we looked good with ball in hand, but lost our way and our confidence as the second half progressed.
“It will be good to see the end of the season when we can re-group and concentrate our minds on playing in Caley 2 North next season.”
Ellon’s man-of-the match was Keiran Dalgarno who, despite playing in the back division where he was a major player at centre taking some of his back row skills into the game, proved to be a source of inspiration to his younger team mates.
Ellon’s consolation came in the first half when prop Ewan McIntyre rumbled over for his second try in three games to make it 20-5 at the interval.
Highland upped the pressure in the second half, adding to their total to run out easy winners.
Ellon take a break from action at the weekend, giving the squad the opportunity to see the national team in action at Twickenham against an England team intent on erasing the memory of their capitulation against Ireland two weeks ago.
Scotland will be equally keen to break their duck in the tournament but, like the Ellon lads, probably lack the necessary confidence to spring a surprise on a ground where they last won in 1983.