Ellis reminds Raith he still has plenty to offer

Laurie Ellis (right) with Raith manager Grant Murray
Laurie Ellis (right) with Raith manager Grant Murray

Laurie Ellis battled through a sickness bug to help Raith Rovers to a 1-0 victory in Livingston on Saturday.

Ellis was told he would be starting the match after Ross Perry suffered an injury in training, but the defender started to feel ill the day before the game.

At one point Ellis feared he would have to pull out but the 34-year-old pulled through to help the team to a clean sheet, and a vital three points.

“My family had a sickness bug all last week and I thought I’d got away with it until I started feeling ropey on Friday afternoon,” Ellis said.

“Friday night was a write-off and at 9.00 p.m I was thinking there was no way I could play a game of football the next day.

“But with Ross picking up an injury we were really thin at the back so there was really no choice.

“I just had to get myself together, get rehydrated again, which was a problem, and play the game.

“Half an hour in I was praying for half-time just to get a seat and some shade because we were playing into a bright sun in the first half, which didn’t help.

“As the game went on I felt better, and we saw it out.”

It was only the second time Ellis has featured this season but despite good performances against Cowdenbeath and Livingston he feels manager Grant Murray is justified to consider others before him.

“We’ve put together a squad of players that, if everyone’s fit, I accept that I’m down the pecking order a bit,” he said.

“I’m 35 in November and although I still feel fit, there’s young, hungry, more physical players that can play centre-half.

“I do feel that I can still help the team. There are strikers that are faster than me but I can still read things and contribute.”

Ellis, who is also first team coach at Stark’s Park, also feels the team deserves more credit for the way they have started the season.

“There were a few downbeat vibes about the results against Hearts and Rangers, and Dundee as well,” he said.

“I think everyone needs to take a step back and look at the teams who are beating us and accept that they have beaten the majority of teams in Scotland.

“Aside from that, in the other games we’ve done really well.”