Alloa 1st XV 85 Arbroath 1st XV 0
Alloa Rugby Club were right back in the groove in their first league fixture at Earlsfield of 2009 scoring 13 tries in their comprehensive defeat of Arbroath. The performance no doubt enhanced by the excellent turn out at training on Thursday evening.
The visitor’s cause was not helped by starting the match one man short and with many of their number battling on with injuries throughout the afternoon then it was one long, hard shift for the Angus side on their first visit to Earlsfield.
Alloa didn’t take long to get on the score-sheet with Dale Foster going in on the overlap with the Arbroath defence stretched to breaking point. Dale has really been on fire for the past two months and he was again in outstanding form during this fixture. Rab Wallace scored the second try wide out on the right after slick hands through the backs and then Rab Truesdale found a gap to slip through for a third. Skipper Truesdale ploughed through the centre for the fourth try, which brought about the bonus point. The game was then about how many points Alloa would score. Rab Wallace crossed for his second try and then the crowd were treated to some outstanding finishing by Alloa fullback Fraser Donaldson. Fraser first showed his strength in battling through the covering Arbroath defence with little room to work in and then a glimpse of his electric pace as he weaved inside and out for the try of the day.
The second half followed very much the course of the first with Alloa looking to add to their seven try tally. Scores flowed at regular intervals with the main provider being Rab Truesdale who scored a second half hat trick to end the afternoon with five tries in all. If anyone needed reminded, Truesdale is an outstanding finisher at whatever level of rugby he plays at. Matt Allan made a welcome return to try scorers list and once he took over the kicking duties from Rab Truesdale he added significantly to his side’s final points tally. The try scoring was concluded by a Dale Foster burst through the middle and then the Alloa hooker showed great football skills in keeping the ball in play for Gary Taylor to dot down – is there no end to this man’s talent!!
All in all another good day for the Alloa club with again Alloa’s Clackmannanshire Colts playing a huge part in the overall performance. It’s a testament to the talent of Gary Taylor, Jamie Rankine and Fraser Donaldson when it’s almost expected that they perform so well as they did on Saturday however the man of the match award went to the fourth colt in the line-up, David Bridgeman. David had an outstanding all round game bringing physicality to his game and also a quick eye for the break.
Next stop for Alloa is Bannockburn on Saturday followed by another home game against Montrose.