Alloa RFC 13 - Fife Southern RFC 7
Previous matches against Fife Southern have tended to be close fought affairs and this one was not any different. The home side were always well in control of the match without reaching the previous weeks standard, which saw them battle bravely in defeat against Grangemouth.
But in what promises to be a tight league, Alloa were happy to settle for the points over the performance, against last year’s league runners up.
Alloa started the match well and dominated the set piece area, especially the scrums and it wasn’t long before they put points on the board when Alan Keir slotted over a long range penalty.
They soon had the opportunity to stretch their lead when an excellent backs move spread the ball out wide but the final pass failed to go to hand just as the try line was looming. Alloa spurned further chances during the next 20 minutes before being punished for some poor tackling when the visitors Centre powered his through the home side defense for an easily converted score between the posts.
Alloa were stunned by this score, which was somewhat against the run of play, but straight from the kick off Matthew Pope deservedly restored their 3 point lead with a powerful, mazy run and Alan Keir stretched the lead to 6 points shortly before the break when he stroked over another lengthy penalty.
The second half, whilst still being entertaining, did not live up to the standards of the first and both sides cancelled each other out in the middle of the park where most of the play was centred.
In truth, at this stage Alloa never looked like conceding a try but nonetheless the remainder of the match was a little nervy as might be expected from a 13-7 scoreline, but victory was just reward for a good first half performance.
Steven Skelton was given the man of the match award for a well controlled performance at Stand Off