"at the heart of the community"

  • Sign In

    Stirling Albion Preview 

    Friday, September 11, 2009 1:25:57 PM

    Today I’d like to welcome Allan Moore, Roddy Grant, the players, directors and supporters of our local rivals Stirling Albion FC for a match that holds extra significance for both sides despite coming so early in the season. Any match between these sides has a special meaning to the supporters but the winners today will have the added incentive of knowing that they will be sitting clear at the top of the league. Personally I believe that being top of the league is less important to the fans than having the essential bragging rights at work come Monday morning and there’s no doubt that the Stirling fans have enjoyed those days much more than us in my time at Alloa.
    I have never hidden my admiration of the job that Allan Moore has done at Stirling and I believe that any side that manages to finish above his team this season will win the league. By retaining the services of Martin Grehan, Ross Forsyth, David McKenna, Sean Roycroft and Scott Christie our opponents have proved they mean business this season and they highlighted that by signing the excellent David O’Brien who failed to impress at Ayr United. With so many options up front it’s ironic that their great start has been on the back of a strong defensive showing with shut outs in three of their first four games and that shows how well organised and difficult they will be to beat this season.
    Our victory at Clyde was an example of the improvement in the strength of our squad with Stuart Noble, Chris Townsley, David McClune and of course Dougie Wilson all out injured, we still managed to secure the three points with Brian Carrigan’s strike the difference between the teams. We took a while to get into the game and were perhaps a little fortunate to be ahead at half time but we controlled long spells of the second period and ended winning the game comfortably without adding to our one goal. Today we hope to have Chris and Stuart returning to the squad to give us real competition for places. Bringing Mark Gilhaney to Alloa has been a real boost and I believe that “Gils” has the capabilities of being a stand out in this division. It was fitting that “Carrots” was the player to score the goal last week when he was the outstanding player on the park despite the general “banter” from the Clyde fans every time he was on the ball. Once again it was refreshing to see and hear our support give the team backing throughout the game and I know the players appreciate your support.
    This is only the fifth game of a long season and today’s result will not be the determining factor on where the two teams will finish but I hope that we can give an indication of how much we’ve improved since last season. I felt that both the matches here against Stirling last season were excellent despite losing the second game 3 – 2 and know that they have no problems playing on our surface with their style of play – I hope that both teams can provide another great game and a reversal in the score would be most welcome.
    As always I’d like to thank all Alloa fans for their continued support.
    Allan Maitland

    Managers Corner