ALLOA RFC welcomed Dundee Rugby for their first ever visit to Earlsfield at the weekend.

The early pressure came from Alloa and after twice narrowly failing to breach the Dundee line the home side went ahead through a Josh Knox try wide on the right. As things transpired it was to be quite a day for the Alloa winger.

Matt Pope and Rab Truesdale in particular were finding gaps in the Dundee defence and Knox was soon over for his second score.

Dundee pulled back a try through a sharp attack through their backs.

There was to be further evidence later in the match just how dangerous the visitors' back line could be.

Alan Keir was the provider for Knox's hat trick try gathering a neat chip through and drawing the final cover tacklers.

Incredibly, Alloa scored their fourth and bonus point try on the 20 minute mark and again it was Knox who crossed the try line.

However, the Alloa wing's day was then cut short with what appeared to be a serious neck injury and erring on the side of caution the player was not moved and the match was switched to the 2nd XV pitch.

By this point Dundee had scored a second try, however, Cammy Nimmo found a gap to score his side's fifth and Lee Cairney added a penalty goal to increase Alloa's lead to 38-14 at the break.

Alloa were quickly out the traps in the second half and when Jordan Graham stretched over it really looked like the home side had put the game to bed.

However, with increasing changes to personnel as the injury count increased, the game became less structured and really opened up.

Dundee certainly had the skills and pace suited to this game and scored two tries in quick succession, secure a bonus point and really put some doubt amongst the home ranks.

It was then with a sense of relief then when Callum McAllister picked up a loose ball deep in his own half and outstripped the covering defence to effectively seal the match for his side.

Lee Cairney slotted seven conversions out of seven and his first half penalty gave him a 100 per cent strike rate on the day.

As a post script to the match, Cammy Nimmo was deservedly named Alloa man of the match having completed his first senior game in Alloa colours.

Josh Knox was released from hospital later in the evening without the need for further treatment – thanks go to Alloa physio John Meharry and his Dundee counterpart for their care and attention at the time of the injury.