Ellon Rugby remain at the bottom of the Caledonia 1 table after slumping to another league defeat on Saturday, writes Jack Calvert.
The 44-5 loss to Strathmore at Inchmacoble Park comes a week after Ellon were forced to pull out of their fixture against Orkney, and the Meadows side are still waiting to hear from the Caley committee about whether they will be punished with a points deduction.
They currently sit bottom of the table with five points after only winning one game so far this season, against Caithness in September.
Ellon coach Ryan Morrice said of the Strathmore game: “We dominated the first half, but just couldn’t take our chances.
“The score was 12-5 at half time, then we had a poor 25 minutes in the second half which cost us.
“We made too many errors in their 22. We lost possession 14 times in that area at first and second phase.
“The backs struggled. We are hurt by the fact we change the backline every week. We can’t create the consistency that we have in the forwards and it shows. It’s been a big problem for us this season.
“Our experienced backs made some bad decisions and the momentum swung in their favour.”
Ellon’s try came through wing Adam Kusjak at the mid-way point of the first half. Strathmore already had a converted try to their name by then and added another try ahead of half-time before running away with the game after the break.
Morrice said: “Their tries were a mix from their forwards and backs, and their backs didn’t have to work for their scores. Our score was a well-worked team try.
“In our pack, Stuart Hackett and Ewan Mcintyre were outstanding. Ellis Swainston was good as well considering he’s been in his sick bed.”
Ellon’s next game is at home against Gordonians on October 25. A difficult fixture considering the Aberdeen side are currently top of the table and undefeated in the league.
Morrice said: “Hopefully we can get everyone to training and working hard for the Gordonians game in two weeks.
“We can take confidence from the way we played for the first 55 minutes against Strathmore.
“Gordonians are having a great season, so we will have to raise our game against them, but I’m confident the boys can give them a good game.”