5 years ago
By Gary McPhail
Preparations for the new season well under way at Earlsfield.
Alloa RFC have started to ramp up their pre-season work under the new coaching team of Brian Ireland, Stevie Skelton & Alex Jess. Numbers at the Summer twice weekly training sessions have been well beyond previous seasons which will be key to the Earlsfield’s aspirations to run a second fifteen this season.
With the development of a second string in mind the Alloa club have taken on a mixed standard of pre-season fixtures which culminates on Saturday when Earlsfield sees it’s first action of the season. Bannockburn provided the first opposition in a match played at Stirling County’s Bridgehaugh playing fields. Alloa won this session very comfortably and then moved on to McKane Park last Tuesday to face a Dunfermline side who will play in the RBS National Championship A this season which is effectively the new Third Division. Alloa competed well in the first two quarters however the home side’s depth of squad took them clear in the latter stages.
Last Saturday saw the club take the usual route North to Fort William and a fixture against Lochaber RFC. It took Alloa a couple of sessions to warm up however they finished strongly winning the match by 29-12 making it a happy bus journey home (not that any excuses to enjoy a bus journey are usually needed).
With new laws coming into effect this season including the scrummage, the Alloa coaches have organised special front row coaching this Thursday ahead of the final trial fixture at Earlsfield on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). New club Boness provide the opposition in a match designed again to help build a 2nd xv for the season ahead. At time of going to press the club are looking to involve a third club on the afternoon in order to field two home sides a week before the league season gets underway.
Alloa RFC have a very young squad this season, full of potential and the membership and friends are invited to come down on Saturday to give the teams their support.