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Positive results keep Ellon Rugby Club's youth teams at top of table

By Kyle Ritchie

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Ellon Rugby Club's youth teams have got to the half way point of their seasons and good results see them sitting in top spot.

The last games before the break saw them take on a Deeside and Garioch combined team away.

The under 13s started well with a turn over and Jayden Boyle took advantage and scored. Ellon scored two more tries through JJ Henderson and they were all converted. The final score of the first period went to Deeside/Garioch.

The second period went to Deeside/Garioch scoring two tries to one. Jamie Carnaby scored after a strong turnover by Rennie Hanton was moved to the opposite wing and resulted in a powerful drive over the line.

The final period saw each team score two tries but Ellon managed more conversions and won the game 23-18.

In the U14 game Deeside/Garioch started strongly and their number 10 charged through to score the first try of the match. This was swiftly converted.

The home side then capitalised on their possession, spotting a gap in Ellon’s defence on the wing and scored a second try, which was also converted.

Ellon possession following a scrum saw the ball get to Chester Mulliner who found space and scored Ellon’s first try of the match. A tricky conversion was taken by Spencer Booth who secured the extra point to make the score 8-4.

Out the back of a line out Deeside/Garioch's number 10 made an excellent interception and sprinted over for a try which was converted. They closely followed this up with another try but the conversion was missed.

A nice offload to Mulliner saw him score his second try of the match despite huge pressure from the home players. Booth then made another excellent conversion.

In the second half a mishandled ball by Ellon saw a scrum awarded to the hosts and their winger run in another try down the right wing. The conversion was made.

Deeside/Garioch then found a head of steam and scored three tries on the bounce.

Ellon kept their heads up though and Mulliner got his hat-trick but this was closely followed by another score for the home team.

Mulliner then got his fourth try of the game, however Deeside/Garioch replied with a try of their own.

In the closing stages of the game Ellon's number 12 Brodie MacAlister took possession and could not be stopped for the final try of the match and Booth scored his fourth conversion. The match ended in a 38-20 victory for the hosts.

The under 15s game was entertaining, with both sides taking it in turns to score. Deeside/Garioch went into half-time two points in the lead.

However, Ellon pushed forward in the second half and five tries gave them a decent lead and they won the game 43-28.

The U16 match saw Deeside/Garioch score first but Ellon replied with two tries towards the end of the first half.

The team was freshened up and changed slightly for the second half and it was basically a try every five minutes for Ellon who secured the victory.

In the under 18 game Ross Davidson scored in the first minute and this was quickly followed up by Ryan Dickie scoring from the next kick-off.

Deeside/Garioch got a try back, before Rory Main, Josh Andrew and Lewis McCarthy all scored for Ellon. This led to a half time score of 31-5.

With Main off in the second half injured, Ellon sat back a little too much. Deeside/Garioch stepped up their game and scored two converted tries but the final score finished 36-19 to Ellon.

In the whole club table Ellon sit top with 55 points. The squads now have a four-week break before they play Deeside at home on the weekend of November 6.

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