ALLOA RFC failed to pick up points away to Glenrothes following a hard-fought game at the weekend.

There was a tense finish at Carleton Park on Saturday with only two points separating the two sides with 10 minutes left to play.

While the Alloa side were disappointed to come away 42-33 losers, they gave it their all and there was no denying the Fife side deserved their victory.

It was an evenly contested match with both teams undefeated in the league prior to kick off.

Alloa had got off to the best possible start when Matt Pope made a characteristic burst through the home defence to dot down under the posts with only 10 mins played.

However, Pope’s afternoon was soon to turn sour when he had to leave the field of play midway through the first half with a hamstring problem.

In that period the home side had scored two tries and a penalty to lead 17-7 and a further penalty before the break to take their tally to 20, but Fraser Smith and Martin MacKenzie replied in between with two converted scores and Alloa turned around in the second half leading by a point.

The second half followed a similar pattern and with 10 minutes to play and the scoreline 35-33 in the home side's favour, the scene was set for a tense finish.

Glenrothes cleverly forced the visitors back into their own 22, forcing Alloa to to bravely try to run from deep but they were turned over on a number of occasions.

Alloa will be looking to get back into winning ways on Saturday, where they will face last year’s league winners Dundee University Medics. Kick off at Ealrsfield is 3pm.