Tough game for Ellon Firsat XV against top of the table Starthmore.
Last weekend saw top of the table Strathmore head to Ellon looking to continue their unbeaten run in Caledonia one. Sitting top of the table and beating Alloa 125-0 the previous week, they were in a buoyant mood. Ellon knew it would be a tough game, but hoping to learn a lot from the game with their young squad. Strathmore started their scoring early with an early try after 1 minute, running hard and wide. Ellon then defended well and controlled some phases for 10 minutes before Strathmore scored again to make it 0-14 after 11 minutes. Next came two tries from Strathmore from the scrum. First a push over from 5 meters, then a wheeled scrum to score wide. After 30 minutes Strathmore had a 40 nil lead. Ellon then had the play of the half with sustained pressure, spinning the ball from one side to the other before Henry Cole crashed over to score. Strathmore then scored on the whistle for a 5-47 half time. Four more tries to Strathmore before Ellon get another try from John Campbell. Final score was 10-81, and although a game that Strathmore clearly deserved to win, there was some great phases of play from Ellon. Within Caledonia One, the two teams at the top (Strathmore and Dunfermline) are leading the way. Strathmore top with a maximum 40 points and scoring 481 points in the process, over 60 average a game. Ellon sit 5th, half way up the table, at the half way point in the league. Up next they have Alloa at home on Saturday with the new times of 14:00 kick off, due to the light. Ellon Girls played up in Inverness as part of Grampian Girls. U18 and U15 played some great rugby and are improving with every game they play. Within the Youth section, the Lancer Conference continued after the half term break. Ellon travelled to Elgin to take on Muntly at U13 to U18. With Muntly being an team made up of a number of clubs, they are still struggling for a team at every age band, so Ellon assisted by lending players to ensure matches went ahead. With wins at U18, U16, U15, U14 and U13, Ellon took maximum points and took back second place overall in the Lancer Conference, just behind Mackie. At U18, Ellon took top spot over Granite City who have a game in hand, the deciding game for winners of the U18 conference is expected to be this Saturday as Ellon take on Granite City in Aberdeen. U16 and U15 Ellon also both sit second, with Mackie first. It will be a tight end to the Conference as all teams now enter the second half. Granite City away this weekend for the Ellon Youth. Sunday sees the Junior section home festival with teams travelling to Ellon for some friendly fixtures.