Alloa 1st XV RFC................................15
Waid Academy FP..............................0
In the previous encounter between these 2 sides, both teams were prepared to have a go at each other which resulted in a really tight affair, which Alloa eventually won 10-0. The scoreline in this one might suggest more of the same. However, in truth Waid never really threatened the Alloa line and appeared to be content to contain them in defence and limit their chances in attack.
A tactic which was successful, in so far as Alloa only managed to score 3 tries, whilst being dominant in possession and territory for most of the match.
The one thing this match did have in common with the previous one was that it was not a game for the purists due to the number of unforced errors, which deprived the match of any real entertainment value. This was mainly due to the blustery weather conditions which both sides struggled to control.
Alloa’s first try was scored by Rab Truesdale after 25 minutes from a move which saw the ball being shipped out wide through the Back’s hands and resulted in an overlap which Truesdale was happy to accept. The strengthening wind prevented Matt Allan from adding the further 2 points.
The home side produced a rare, sustained period of pressure in a 5 minute period immediately before half time and following a series of penalties, Truesdale once again managed to force himself over the line for a welcome score.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Alloa trying to break down the opposition’s defence, but were frustrated with most of their efforts. The only bright point in the second half was a well taken try from young winger, Fraser Donaldson who was voted man of the match.
As the wind faded in the last quarter, so did Alloa’s chances of a bonus try point and in the end they had to settle for the 4 points instead.
Alloa know that they can produce better rugby than this and it is a measure of their progress this season that they left the field disappointed to only beat the leagues 3rd placed side by 3 tries to nil.
Alloa RFC would like to thank Dunblane Light Engineering for kindly sponsoring the match and also MacDonald & Morson – Dental Practice for sponsoring the match ball.
With the international matches scheduled for next Saturday, Alloa have taken the opportunity of playing a friendly match on Friday 20th March through at Glenrothes under the floodlights. All players to meet at Earlsfield at 5.30pm. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7.30pm.