ALLOA RFC was dealt a heavy blow over the weekend with Fraser Smith suffering a nasty injury, as they slumped to an eleven point loss to Carnoustie.

The home side started off strongly and took the lead inside the opening minute with Matt Pope stepping his way through the opposition to score a try.

Smith then forced his way over the line, allowing Lee Cairney to slow home his second conversion. Immediately after, Smith went down and play was stopped for the best part of an hour as he received treatment.

Alloa’s momentum was halted during the break and they struggled to regain it once play resumed, with Carnoustie closing the gap on them.

Pope was tackled just short of the line and Carnoustie countered with a try from deep within their own half.

Alloa entered the break on the back foot, trailing the visitors at 14-17. Carnoustie secured their fourth try as soon as the second half began.

Jamie Cruickshank cut through for a try on his Alloa debut to claw some points back for the home end. Carnoustie scored a late penalty goal to seal the deal for the visitors, who won 21-32.

Alloa RFC said they are indebted to their physio, Megan Thomson, the players and referee who took immediate action to aid Smith after his injury.

The club wishes him a speedy and full recovery.