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    Opening League Game of new season 

    Friday, August 01, 2008 7:03:08 PM

     

    Opening League game of the season
     
    People have been saying to me that Alloa Athletic have had a decent start to the season, decent starts to the season come when you win your first four league games, we have had a decent pre season, but I’ve had a pre season before with Hamilton Accies which was fantastic including a victory over Hearts, then when it came to the league we lost our first two games and drew the third! Good starts are when you win four out of five league games. We have deliberately structured the squad to fill in areas in the team which were weak last season, and so far that has proved to be fruitful but the big plus for me is the fact that players are now coming through from the youth teams. The Under 19’s are starting to show they have players who will be coming through to help us, Connor O’Boyle in goals has done well in pre season, young Mark Ferguson played the complete 90 minutes against Falkirk on Monday night, while Stevie Barker and Jamie Hay have fitted in well in the middle of the park when called upon, we now have good players coming through, so that’s got to be the future for the club.
    Three points on Saturday against John McGlashan’s Arbroath side, who won promotion from the Third Division through the play-offs last season, will be extremely difficult. We will be playing an Arbroath side who have strengthened in every outfield department bringing in John Fraser, Scott Gates, Joe Dingwall, Sean Simpson and Kenny Wright adding to the nucleus of a successful squad from last season, they will be fired up playing their first game back in the Second Division as will their supporters. This will be a completely different game than last Saturday against Dundee, but other than us worrying about having a really hard game, which I expect us to have, I expect us to give Arbroath a hard game and that’s the way we have to approach every game, if we are going to do well in this league, we have to go to Gayfield and do well in these games, yes it is a hard game for us, but I hope its going to be an even harder game for Arbroath.
     
    Allan Maitland


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