ALLOA travelled to St Andrews to kick start the second half of their season albeit they already had had two fixtures rescheduled into 2024 through the adverse weather.

The squad was strong and confident in the knowledge they had won all four league fixtures to date and had comfortably seen off Madras on the opening Saturday of the season.

They got off to the ideal start through an early score in the corner by Callum McAllister, but the match then unravelled for the visitors.

Madras quickly struck back with a converted try and two further touchdowns put them firmly in control of the scoreboard.

Rab Truesdale managed to stem the tide with a try from a break thirty metres out and keep Madras within sight. Truesdale's conversion narrowed the deficit to 19-12 at the break.

Any Alloa hope of putting some pressure on Madras was quickly washed away with two further tries by the home side early in the second half.

Martin McKenzie darted over close in however a sixth home try left Alloa with the only target remaining being a fourth and bonus point winning try.

This they achieved through arguably the best move of the match finished by Daniel McGookin.

Madras ultimately won the fixture through better game management, kicking well and winning the territory battle.

All too often Alloa were caught behind the gain line on the counter attack and coughed up too much possession in contact.

Alloa have another week off in this stop start season before resuming on the November 18 at home to Dunfermline 2nd XV.