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Match report V Glenrothes

Match report V Glenrothes

By Gary McPhail
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Alloa narrowly miss out in scrappy affair


Alloa would have disappointed to only have come away with a losing bonus point from a match where they held the majority of possession and territory.
The home side started on the front foot with a strong scrummage and Gary Taylor dominated the line outs. Taylor had an excellent match in the pack, ably assisted by Fraser Smith and Jordan Graham who continues to improve from match to match. Rab Truesdale was also a constant threat in midfield and made several excellent breaks that on another day would have produced scores. However, it was Glenrothes who scored first through a penalty and doubled their tally midway through the half. Colin Jess pulled back three points from a penalty before the break leaving his side trailing narrowly by 3-6 at half time.

Glenrothes were again fast out the traps at the beginning of the second half scoring a converted try, however this didn't overly change the course of the match and Alloa were soon back in contention. A series of drives close to the Glens line ended with Rolf Maitland touching down wide on the right. Alloa were with a try of squaring the game as the weather worsened which made any expansive play almost impossible. The home pack took the route one approach and with the penalty count rising against the visitors the game appeared to moving in Alloa's direction. However, despite throwing everything at the Glenrothes defence the Fife side remained firm and held out for victory.

Alloa are back in action next at Aberdeen in the New Year with the first home fixture being against Hillfoots on the 18th of January.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 14, Dec 2019

Kickoff

14:00

Competition

Tennent's Caledonia Region League Division 1 (Men's)

League position

3
Glenrothes
10
Alloa