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Alloa
Gordonians RFC
Sat 8 Apr 14:00 - Caledonia Region - Division 1 Full time

Undefeated away record comes to an end

Alloa punish a lack-lustre Gordonians to take the spoils in the Clackmannanshire heat. By Mike Tindal

It was a scorching hot day as the Gogos brought the Aberdeenshire sun with them to Alloa for the last away fixture of a tough and long season. Spirits were high after the previous weeks league win and victory over Caithness. After a strong fluid warm up the game kicked off with Alloa the first ones out of the starting blocks. They’re bruising forward play around the breakdown was starting to stretch the Gogos and a try soon came after the ball was offloaded out of the tackle. 7-0. From the kickoff Alloa used their big boys in the backs to try and gain some yards but the Gogos partnership of Crawford and Knight was stopping them dead in their tracks with thunderous tackles one of which earned the fish a playful tussle with an Alloan shrek. The Gogos continued to struggle in the scrums and at the breakdown and the Alloa men managed another score 12-0. Some scintillating play soon earned the visitors a try when a delicious line by the king of crossfit Ross Knight left defenders floundering in his wake the conversion was good. 12-7. This only forced Alloa to wake up and they were now playing a more expansive game belying the size of their players and only for some good defence by wingers Matthew Robson and JB’s MOM Adam ensured that the Alloa attackers couldn’t find a way through. More strong forward play from Alloa took them to the Gogos line and despite ferocious tackling Alloa managed to bundle over 19-7. Half time gave the Gogos a chance to catch their breath and talk tactics leading to them becoming a bit more street smart and with Young Sandy Willis working his magic at 10 got Danny Assugo on a good line to turn the Alloa defence inside out for a great try 19-12 to Alloa. Gogos next try came from possibly the slowest footrace in the history of rugby with Kieron oregano making his first sprint for the line on the wing, taunting the Alloa winger with a fast walk down to dot down under the posts leaving the scores level at 19-19. Alloa's constant infringements were starting to annoy the ref who awarded a difficult penalty 35 yards out which the fish slotted like it was nothing. 19-22. All that was needed now was to close the game out and after a few probing runs Alloa's secret weapon was unleased…a young child managing to wrong foot Tindal the Gogos winger/front row cover to score in the corner and the conversion was landed. 26-22 Alloa was the final score.

Disappointing result and to lose the overall away record for the season, but well done to those who made to journey.

All the best to Alloa for next season.

Aberdeen Asset Management man of the match was the mercurial Sandy Willis.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Gordonians RFC 18 78
2. Caithness RFC 18 69
3. Glenrothes 18 67
4. Alloa 18 65
5. Strathmore RFC 18 53
6. Dunfermline 18 45
7. Harris Academy FP RFC 18 27

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