Strathmore Rugby Club bounced back from successive defeats with an eight-try demolition of Ellon at Inchmacoble on Saturday.
Stewart Ross was forced into a few changes for the visit of Ellon, with Colin Strachan, Mark Bradley and Craig Angus all returning to his match day squad.
After a promising start from the men in black, the opening half hour of the game was dominated by the travelling side.
Without causing Strathie any real problems, Ellon moved the ball around their backline well and kept hold of possession.
With five minutes until half-time, and the score locked at 0-0, Fraser McKay made a break through the Ellon defence from inside his own half.
The lightning fly half offloaded the ball to Kyle Mitchell, who left the full back for dead with a sublime side step, to then play in Bruce Morrice who ran in from 30 metres to put the first of his team’s points on the board. Dave Brown added the conversion and Strathie led 7-0.
Seconds later the Montrose mafia duo - McKay and big Gardiner - then combined in the wide channel to give the latter his third try of the season and stretch the lead to 12 points.
Ellon managed to close the gap right on half-time when their winger skipped through the Strathie backline to make the score 12-5 at the break.
Whatever was said at halftime by the blacks’ captain and coach only inspired the Inchmacoble men.
Just seconds into the second half, James Kiely latched onto a loose pass from the Ellon scrum half, to then dodge several tackles and run in a try from just inside his opponents’ half.
McKay then scored almost a carbon copy of the previous score, as he scooped up a ball on midfield to stroll in from 50 metres.
With the bonus point in the bag, Strathmore began to play with confidence and swagger.
Lee Alexander scored in the clubhouse corner following a great move down the blind side, Captain Stuart Gray providing the pass for the youngster to crash over near the flag.
With the Ellon team struggling with the fitness and skill levels of the Strathie team, Colin Strachan produced a moment of magic.
The inside centre carved his way through the Ellon centres before arcing his run around the winger to chip the ball over the full back - allowing hooker Kyle Mitchell to slide over and score Strathie’s sixth try of the game.
Colin Strachan then added five points to the scoreboard after he burrowed through a series of tackles before stooping low to barge his way over the line from close range, Strathie now leading 39-5.
All afternoon James Kiely caused havoc for the visitors’ defence, and he capped off his Man of the Match performance by skipping through three tackles to pass McKay the chance to score his second of the day.
The young fly half didn’t miss his chance, gathering the ball and scoring to complete the rout.
There will be no fixtures for the various Strathmore sides this weekend as the league takes a two week break resuming on October 25 when the Inchmacoble boys are away to Orkney.