Rugby: Sniff of the glory days back at Ellon after fans drive side on to victory

Sam Mountain, front, with Sean Aitken, Ali Addy and Brad Fraser.

Ellon surged to the top of Caley 2 North after beating nearest challengers Moray.

It brought back a sniff of the glory days of the 1990s at the Meadows in front of a big, vociferous crowd, keen to shout their team home to a resounding 68-15 victory.

The Aberdeenshire side were worthy 10-try winners after surviving a blistering early start from the Elgin outfit who faded in the face of some fierce home tackling.

The home side were superbly led by stand-off Ali Addy who orchestrated his back division to a convincing second-half win.

The former Aberdeen Grammar player capped a fine day with a personal haul of 28 points, which included two well taken tries, six conversions and two penalties.

Ellon head coach Sam Mountain was delighted to see his side overcome the league leaders to move three points ahead with a game in hand, looking to be nailed on certainties to move back into the top flight of the Caley leagues.

Mountain said: ”This very good, young side came of age today, recovering from a very slow start to make their case for promotion.

“But it’s not all over. we have some tricky tests to come, including a trip to Inverness next week where we play Highland 2nds, followed by a game against the fast- improving Mackie FPs.”

In Caley 3 North, the stage looks set for the top two, North Police Scotland and Kinloss Eagles, to settle matters at Duff House, Banff, in a winner-takes-all double header.

The boys in blue eased past Aberdeenshire 20-18 in Aberdeen, while the high-flying Eagles were convincing 66-29 winners in Fraserbugh.

Aberdeen Grammar attempted to maintain their good record at the internationally- acclaimed Melrose Sevens only to come a cropper in the first round against Border side Hawick, losing out 24-12.