The trip through to McKane Park was never going to be easy for an Alloa side coming off the back of a tough local derby and having the usual change in playing personnel from week to week. Dunfermline for their part had only lost league and cup fixtures against high flying Orkney this season and are a club who are currently enjoying a huge depth of squad in their senior ranks.
The fact that Alloa competed so admirably, in the first half in particular, was great testament to the players who travelled both in terms of the quality of their performance and the spirit within the side. Alloa actually led twice in the opening quarter, firstly through a try from Marc Murray converted by Lee Cairney. Cairney then struck over two penalty goals to give his side the slenderest of advantages before Dunfermline struck a seam of form that threatened to take them out of sight. However, Alloa struck back just before the interval with a try from skipper, Dale Foster, again converted by Lee Cairney to just about keep in touch.
Half time 36-20.
The second half was a fairly one sided affair with Alloa tiring and the hosts being able to freshen things up off the bench. Having said that the Alloa spirit was never broken and all the squad can take a huge amount of pride in their efforts during the 80 minutes.
Alloa now have to somehow bottle the spirit shown as they move into the second half of the season and hopefully experience more player availability with now three of the long trips on the road completed. If they can, then they can justifiably expect an upturn in fortune.
The squad's next fixture is at home this Saturday to Garioch. A good support as ever is guaranteed and then of course it's on to Scotland's opening 6 Nations fixture in Dublin on the big screen afterwards.