Sat 11
Aberdeen Wanderers
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League
1st XV
Match report V Aberdeen Wanderers

Match report V Aberdeen Wanderers

By Gary McPhail
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Alloa leave Groats Road empty handed despite spirited performance


Alloa were once again on the road North and put up their best attacking display away from Earlsfield this season.
Indeed, if their defence had matched their attacking flair then they could have come away with a victory.

Lee Cairney was in good form with the boot in the first half, landing three penalties and converting Rab Truesdale's try just before the interval, but some poor first up tackles let the opposition in for four relatively easy scores. This left Alloa trailing 26-16 at the break.

Despite being behind at this stage, Alloa were very much in this game, but a bizarre decision to award the home side a penalty try five minutes into the second period ultimately scuppered any chance of leaving Groats Road with the points. The home side were attacking in the Alloa ’22 when their Centre knocked on close to the line. The covering Daniel Murrell made a tackle on the offending player only to be adjudged to have tackled the player without the ball and to make matters worse was then given 10 minutes in the sin bin. The home side capitalised on the reduction in numbers when they broke away from deep in their own half following a period of sustained pressure by the visitors and scored under the posts.

Rab Truesdale scored an excellent second try midway through the half which was once again converted by Cairney, however late in the game the home side once again attacked from deep and ran in the final score.

Despite this defeat, Alloa can take heart from this performance ahead of their second local derby of the season when Hillfoots visit Earlsfield - kick off 2pm.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 11, Jan 2020

Kickoff

14:00

Competition

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

League position

5
Aberdeen Wanderers
10
Alloa