Ellon United president Billy Gordon has vowed his team will do better next season, though he admits all the focus this week will be on beating New Elgin at the Meadows on Saturday to ensure they stay in the North Superleague, writes Jack Nixon.
Gordon said: “It has been a difficult season in which we have under achieved, but if we beat fellow strugglers New Elgin at home our future in the top junior league will be assured, clearing the decks for next season.”
Five wins from 24 starts makes for poor reading for supporters of Ellon’s top football team, prompting a close examination of matters at the club over the close season.
Gordon concedes losing manager Bruce Morrison was a blow.
He said: “We need to sit down and plot a strategy that ensures we don’t find ourselves in the same position next season.
“Bruce left by mutual agreement, leaving us no option but to turn to our two young coaches to see us through until the end of the season when we will re-assess the situation.”
On the field, the goals “for” column tells the tale of the season, as accepted by Gordon: “We have only scored 28 goals which is the lowest in the league, and yet when we play well we are as good as any team in the division.
“Our 3-0 win at Maud two weeks ago was near perfection, but we lack consistency, something we need to address over the summer.
“We have some fine youngsters who will have learned a lot from this season.”
The former Ellon player regards the prospect of relegation as a disaster.
He said: “We dare not contemplate going down, and I don’t think we will be relegated, but I’ll be a lot happier if we beat New Elgin on Saturday, giving us the opportunity to relax at our club dinner on May 23 before we start planning for the 2015/16 campaign.”