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    Bala Town Preview 

    Saturday, October 08, 2016 4:05:35 AM

    Jack Ross admits he has had ‘a million and one’ things going round his head this week, but insists his full focus will be on steering Alloa Athletic to a historic cup win over Welsh outfit Bala Town this afternoon.

    We have prepared my watching them live with our scout Tommy Farries going down to watch them and their recent game against New Saints was on the Welsh TV channel so I watched and taped that as well. The biggest difference in preparing for this match is their players are not familiar to us because we are not used to playing against Welsh opposition, be it will be likewise for them .

    It is difficult to judge their standard, they have played European football in three of the last four seasons and had to finish high up in the Welsh League to qualify, how we compare the two leagues I don’t know, I know Steven Saunders and Jon Routledge who played with Dumbarton and they are currently playing with New Saints who are one of the top teams in that league.

    However putting everything that has happened this week to the side, I think it will be a competitive game, it will be difficult, but very difficult to say how the opposition will be. However we will need to play well and hope that things can go our way, as a club it is a game we are all looking forward to.

    I don’t really think about it as me leaving on a high. Of course I would love to make sure I finish the job in that way. But the biggest thing is it’s another opportunity for the players to get to another cup quarter-final. They’ve been to one already this season and if we can do that in another competition then it would just continue that really positive start to the season we’ve had.

    They are a really good group of players, in terms of ability at this level, but probably just as importantly, if not more, is their character and how they look after each other as a group. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and I have absolutely no doubts they’ll continue what they’ve started. I have no doubts they’ll approach this game the same way they have done this season. That doesn’t guarantee anything in terms of the end result but I think they’ll be fine. It’s a really exciting game for the club because it’s so very different. There are a lot of unknowns about it but a lot of people associated with the club are looking forward to it. The fact it’s such a different game maybe helps us avoid any potential flatness, because it’s got this novelty attached to it and it’s exciting and a bit different for the players.

    Jack Ross

    Managers Corner