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    Friday, November 27, 2009 2:05:20 PM

    Stephen Hall had been taken into hospital on Monday – a problem with kidney stones and has had an operation and although he is now out of hospital he will not be there on Saturday, so as a back up measure we have signed John Hillcoat as an amateur and he will be on the bench on Saturday as a back up goalkeeper. Ian Russell is on loan from Morton and is now fully fit and was ready to play last Saturday against Arbroath, unfortunately for this Saturday in the Scottish Cup against Cowdenbeath, Greenock Morton will not allow us to play him. Scott Agnew on the other hand has been given permission to play from Ayr United. Marc McCafferty is injured and won’t be fit for Saturday, Kevin Welsh has had his operation and will have three weeks doing nothing but his operation has been a success - he had a problem with his groin and it has been mended accordingly, his loan deal will be up by the time he is fit. Ian Russell will hopefully be available and ready for Wednesday night’s rearranged game against Arbroath at Gayfield. On a more positive note everyone else is fit Mark Gilhaney and Chris Townsley played in the bounce game on Tuesday night against Whitburn which served its purpose. Saturday’s Scottish cup tie against Cowdenbeath is a similar situation to when we played Raith Rovers who were also top of the league last season in the Scottish Cup, we are away from home, in a difficult game, we managed to come through that in very difficult circumstances possibly even more difficult than this year so we will look to do the same again this year. We are going to Central Park fully respecting exactly where Cowdenbeath are in the league and how good a run they are on, I watched them play last week and thought they did really well – we recognise all that, but it is important that we try and impose our game on them , it’s important that we try and get our strikers on the ball and get support to them as quickly as possible and obviously it is absolutely vital that we remember how to defend, for some strange reason against Stenhousemuir we lost that ability for 45 minutes but I am sure what we have been working on in the last week or so will hopefully mean that we are better prepared on Saturday but nevertheless it will be a difficult game and as I say in these game let us make it a difficult game for them.

    Allan Maitland


    Alloa Athletic were drawn against Cowdenbeath in this seasons Active Nation Scottish Cup in the Third Round games to be played Saturday 28th November, 2009. The Scottish Sun will promote a “Kids Go Free” promotion for a full week before the Third Round ties. On the day of the Third Round matches, Saturday 28th November, The Scottish Sun will publish the “Kids Go Free” voucher which will be handed to the club on entry. The promotion will be valid for only one child free entry per full paying adult and kids will be under 16 only.

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