CARNOUSTIE HSFPs entertained Alloa as league games recommenced after the break for the autumn internationals.
The pitch was firm in places, but playable and weather conditions overhead were good. Alloa got the game under way with Jon Paxton fielding and playing the ball away for Carnoustie to run it deep into the opposition territory.
The first penalty went the home side’s way, but the kick to the posts was unsuccessful. The drop out kick was poor and easily fielded by Carnoustie who ran the ball back through their backs before the forwards took over, driving strongly.
Tom Hall slipped the ball to JASON DONNACHIE whose pace enabled him to break between two opponents to touch down with NIALL SWANSON converting.
FPs fielded and drove the restart kick, but were penalised. The visitors found touch, but lost the line-out and Carnoustie made amends by turning the ball over and gaining a penalty. From the line-out the homesters broke and gained another penalty, but again the kick to the posts was unsuccessful.
The visitors put the drop-out out on the full and Carnoustie drove the scrum drawing a penalty which was tapped with the defenders not falling back the required 10 metres.
The home players opted for a scrum which they drove over the line with OWEN HUGHES touching down and the conversion added. FPs fielded the restart cleanly, but failed to clear the ball, giving Alloa good territory which they maintained. Carnoustie conceded penalties before conceding one in a kickable position. The Alloa kicker miscued completely with the ball falling in the field of play, but the home defence was slow to react and the visitors took possession, going one way and then back towards centre field.
There, the standoff cross-kicked accurately, allowing the winger to gather and touch down, but the conversion was missed. Alloa restarted and again gained a penalty. Touch was found, the line-out won and the ball kicked, but Owen Hughes made a clean mark which was tapped. He found Ian Cook on the wing who broke into midfield passing inside to CRAIG ADDISON who beat several tacklers to touch down at the posts. The easy conversion was again missed.
The visitors fielded the restart putting the ball through the hands before the stand off again cross-kicked to the other wing where the ball was gathered and touched down, but again with no conversion.
FPs restarted with a long kick and the follow up was fast. A penalty was gained for offside, which this time was converted bringing the half to an end.
Half-time: Carnoustie 22, Alloa 10.
The home team started the second half with Alloa fielding and driving before kicking. FPs fielded and ran the ball back, but were penalised. The play in the second half was scrappy with Carnoustie conceding a succession of penalties and therefore unable to gain field possession.
Alloa picked up their game and like FPs made good use of a mark to run the ball down the wing before bringing it inside to cross and convert.
ALMOST immediately Alloa broke through in centre field to cross at the posts and convert for the lead.
Carnoustie did pick up the pace, driving forward, but could not break down the defence and the game was brought to an end.
Team: Thoms, Book, Burwood, Addison, Donnachie, Swanson, Rankin, Hall, Bowles, Murray, Paxton, Millar, Christie, Franco, Hughes, Jeffrey, Ringsell, Dow and Shepherd.
There is no 1st XV game this week,but the 2nd XV play Panmure 2nd XV at Forthill, with a 2 p.m. kick-off.
RBS Caledonia Regional League Division Two Midlands
P W D L B’us Pts
Stirling University RFC 10 8 0 2 7 39
Harris Academy FPRFC 10 7 0 3 7 35
Glenrothes 8 7 0 1 6 34
Grangemouth Stags RFC 8 6 0 2 6 30
Madras Rugby 10 5 0 5 4 24
Alloa 10 4 0 6 4 20
Panmure 9 3 0 6 4 16
Kinross 9 3 0 6 3 15
Carnoustie HSFP 10 2 0 8 5 13
Fife Southern 8 1 0 7 1 5