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    Wasps draw Stenhousemuir 

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:01:34 PM

    The draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup Third round has been drawn this evening, with "The Wasps" drawn against local rivals Stenhousemuir. The ties will be played at Ochilview Stadium, Larbert on Saturday 18th November, 2017, Kick-Off 3pm.

    The full draw is:-

    Show Racism Red Card 

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:12:32 PM

    Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years; the Scottish FA, SPFL, SJFA and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland.

    In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20th October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

    We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.

    Alloa Athletic FC - Season 2017/18
     
    All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend on Friday 13th October and Saturday 14th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

    Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL said “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all."

    The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

    The Scottish FA, SPFL, SJFA and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at Scottish FA, SPFL or SJFA matches.

    Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.

    Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.

    Show your support for tackling racism:

    Follow us on twitter @SRtRCScotland

    Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/theRedCardScotland

    www.theredcard.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Points Shared 

    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:35:23 AM

    The points were shared at Gayfield on Saturday which was probably about right. The Wasps had a great chance to open the scoring after only 16 minutes when ex Alloa defender, Colin Hamilton fouled PJ Crossan in the box but Scott Taggart's penalty was saved by his ex teammate David Hutton who guessed correctly and then pulled off a great double save to deny Kris Renton.

    Scott Taggart's penalty is saved.
     
    Indeed the Arbroath keeper was again centre of attention when he let slip a Iain Flannigan free kick into the box and the ball deflected off luckless defender David Gold to give Alloa the lead.
    Keeper holds his head after own goal
     
    However it was the keeper would pick up the plaudits after a string of saves, none better than his save from Jon Robertson's long range effort and then point blank from PJ Crossan, which was to earn him Sponsors "Man of the Match" award.
    Keeper saves from PJ Crossan
    Kris Renton lead line well at Gayfield
     

    Poor Defending costs Wasps 

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 2:05:09 PM
    A defeat at home is never pleasant, especially when the side had recorded two victories and one draw at home in the league this season, it was not a result which could have been predicted, but Albion Rovers took their chances winning 5-2, the first time "The Wasps" had lost five goals in a league game since losing 5-1 to Rangers in the Championship on 16th August, 2015 and the biggest defeat by Albion Rovers, since they defeated "The Wasps" 6-2 at Recreation Park on 25th November, 1978 in a Second Division match.
     
    Although "The Wasps" played well in spells, poor defending was to cost Alloa in this match. Rovers importantly scored the first goal as early as the fifth minute through a Connor Shields header which gave them the confidence they have shown by winning all their league matches away from home this season. Two down at half-time the next goal would be again important and it was the visitors who scored their third goal of the game. The Alloa players never gave in and goals from Kris Renton and Scott Taggart had them right back in the game at 3-2 down.
    Kris Renton pulls goal back
    Scott Taggart cuts the deficit to 3-2
     
    But Alan Trouten's second goal of the game, his 13th already this season only nine minutes later was a killer and worse was to follow ten minutes from the end when substitute Joao Vitoria made it 5-2. Albion Rovers had been solid in defense with their keeper Graham Bowman pulling off some remarkable saves, especially one from a point blank Kevin Cawley header at a crucial time in the game. "The Wasps" will now need to focus on their next match against Arbroath at Gayfield next Saturday, knowing that Dick Campbell's side won 6-2 away from home against Stranraer at the weekend.
     
    Kris Renton receives his Man of the Match award
    from match sponsors Russel + Aitken

    Manager Previews Albion Rovers Game 

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:54:27 AM

    Welcome along to today’s game against Albion Rovers. I would like to start by welcoming Brian Kerr, his staff and everyone else connected to their club. As you will know there are a couple of familiar faces among the Rovers ranks today and I would like to welcome both Graeme Holmes and Jason Marr back to the club. They were both great servants of the club and I’m sure they will prove to be valuable additions to Brian Kerr’s squad too.

    Rovers are coming here today off the back of a four nil defeat last weekend at the hands of Stranraer. I’m sure Brian will be looking for a reaction from his players and it is for that reason we are expecting another very difficult game. Our home form has been excellent up to now and we hope to maintain that today. I make no apologies for repeating the importance of making The Indodrill a difficult place for opposition teams to come, as good home form is vital for any team to be a success.

    I was delighted with last week’s performance down in Ayr, it was the best we’ve played as a team for a number of weeks. Although I believe a draw was a fair result over the whole piece, it was still extremely gut wrenching to concede so late on with virtually the last kick of the game. We now know how Forfar felt the week before when we snatched a late winner in the dying moments ourselves. Some people say it evens itself out over the season and maybe that is the case. The lads showed great character against Forfar to come from a goal down, and from my point of view it is very satisfying to know they will never give up and continue to fight to the very last kick every week. It also goes to show how good their fitness levels are, they are a credit to themselves for how professional they are away from the club and I sincerely doubt there is a part time team in the country that works harder than they do.

    Talking of fitness we have had one or two concerns over a number of players in recent weeks. Andy Graham saw a specialist during the week for the shoulder injury he sustained against Dundee Utd, and unfortunately we have been advised that he must rest it up for six weeks in order to let it heal properly. Ryan Hoggan has an issue with his foot and hasn’t been available for the last four weeks. Thomas Grant has a virus of which we haven’t quite got to the end of yet and we will send him for more tests in the coming days. Callum Crane has recovered from a knee issue and PJ Crossan should be available again today after the hamstring strain he picked up against Airdrie a few weeks ago. Declan McDonald Is another one with a slight strain and we hope to have him available in the coming weeks. As disappointing as it can be when lads get injured it is also an opportunity for someone else to step in and show what they’ve got. We have good competition for places and that is why we put such a strong squad together in the summer to help with circumstances like injuries and suspensions.

    I hope you enjoy the game today and thanks as always for your great support. Please continue to get behind the team and encourage them as best you can for the 90 minutes.

    Regards,

    Jim.

     

     

    More late drama 

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:57:56 PM

    A late goal denied "The Wasps" full points against an Ayr United side at Somerset Park who were tipped for promotion and started the season on fire. "The Wasps" were to lose the opening goal for the fourth game in a row against a side who were looking to bounce back after losing to league leaders Raith Rovers the previous week. After being disappointed at losing a bad goal the Alloa players response was positive and they took the upper hand in the game and scored a deserved equaliser, when Frank McKeown deflected Jon Robertson's shot into the net.

    Jon Robertson shot is deflected for equaliser
    Jim Goodwin & Michael Moffat
    Kevin Cawley put "The Wasps" in front with his 49th competitive goal for the club and his third goal in last three games with a header which went in a t the top right hand side of the goal.
    Kevin Cawley puts Alloa 2-1 ahead
     
    jamie Adams the pulled a goal back for the home side to draw the sides level again before his celebrations were cut short when referee Euan Anderson awarded Alloa a penalty when he was adjudged  to have handled a Frank McKeown header in the box, Scott Taggart coolly stepped forward and put "The Wasps" back in front at 3-2.
    Penalty, after Frank McKeown header blocked in box
     
    However just like last week there was still late drama in the game when Lawrence Shankland equalised for the home side four minutes into time added on and although it felt like a defeat losing such a late equaliser we came here to win and came so close, it was a hugely encouraging performance and there were plenty of positives. The squad is still getting to know each other after all the changes in the summer but they can take great credit from this display.
    The pain at losing such a late goal
     
     
     
     

    Vital Late Victory 

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:24:51 PM

    This was the first time "The Wasps" had faced Forfar Athletic since the epic play Off victory against "The Loons" on 17th May,2015 when we bounced back from a 3-1 deficit in the first leg to win the home fixture 3-0. Yesterday had its own drama and plenty character as "The Wasps" scored two late goals to clinch a 2-1 victory with the winner coming in the 94th minute.

    Captain Andy Graham started the game but having injuried his shoulder at Tannadice last week it was always a risk and one which in the second half after 62 minutes he had to be replaced, taking his place was player / manager Jim Goodwin making his first appearance as a player since 7th January, 2017 at Stair Park against Stranraer, when "The Wasps" came back from 0-1 to win 2-1.

    Ousman See puts Forfar ahead after 52 minutes
     
    Slack play in defence allowed Forfar to take the lead seven minutes into the second half and five minutes later the manager introduced Craig Malcolm & Adam Martin in a positive move to try and inject more pace and goal threat to the team. To their credit there was a positive reaction from going behind and Alloa started to dominate possession. Kris Renton was close with header but signs were Alloa were getting back into the game, he came even closer but could not get on the end of Adam Martin's cross in front of goal.
     
     
    Forfar were getting deeper and looking to waste time and two minutes before the end Kevin Cawley scored his 3rd goal of the season and now his 48th for the club. The players never gave in and they had the ball in the net again before it was given as offside.
    Kevin Cawley makes it 1-1
    Celebrations in vain - Given offside
     
    Deep into stoppage Kris Renton was to get his reward for never giving in, when the ball broke to him in the box he fired the ball past Forfar keeper Marc McCallum for a vital three points.
    Kris Renton about to score winning goal.
     
     

    Manager Previews Forfar Game 

    Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:19:36 AM

    Jim Goodwin Previews Forfar Athletic Match

    We are looking forward to the game and are expecting another very difficult league encounter. We spoke at the start of the season about how we wanted to make The Indodrill a difficult place for visiting teams to come and I think we’ve shown that in our first two home games against Raith and Queens Park. We hope to carry on our good home form today and give you the fans something to cheer about after two disappointing away results recently. Our performance against Airdrie two weeks ago was below par and the players realise that. To win game s in this league you have to do the basics well first and foremost and unfortunately we didn’t do that against Airdrie. I thought our performance against Dundee Utd last weekend was very reassuring and gave me great confidence in what we are trying to do as a group. Everyone who was present at the game is in agreement that the end result was not a fair reflection on the game. The lads were terrific on the day and if we manage to replicate that performance consistently on a weekly basis we will be absolutely fine.

    On an injury front we have been quite unlucky lately. Andy Graham came off with a shoulder injury last week and is one we are not sure about for today’s game. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have a better idea of what the extent of his injury is. PJ Crossan is back at Celtic for treatment on a hamstring injury picked up against Airdrie which is very disappointing as we worked hard to get that deal done and I feel PJ can add some real pace to our side. Hopefully we will have him back in a couple of weeks. Callum Crane picked up a knock on his knee in the Airdrie game also and Ryan Hoggan is out long term with a foot injury. Craig Malcolm will return to the squad today after his absence from Saturday’s game.

    Although we as a group aren’t satisfied with our league position at the moment, we are very confident of climbing the table and mounting a serious challenge to the teams at the top in the coming weeks. Promotion was never won in September and there is a he’ll of a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season. I would ask for you the supporters to continue to get behind the team and know that the players are always very appreciative of the continued encouragement you give them on a match day.

    Thanks as always and enjoy the game.

    Jim

     

    New Sponsor announced 

    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:56:44 PM

    ALLOA Athletic Football Club has secured new front of shirt sponsors for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

    It is the first Scottish club to be supported by The Energy Check, which is keen to make it the case study for the whole of the country.

    In selecting it, the South Shields-based company recognised the strong relationship Alloa has with the local community.

    The focus on helping others is a value shared by the two and it was also impressed by chairman Mike Mulraney and the direction he wants to take the club in, both on and off the pitch.

     

    Mr Mulraney said: “The club is very pleased to have secured this two year sponsorship deal with The Energy Check.

    “We are glad they have decided to sponsor Alloa Athletic as their first venture into the Scottish game and are grateful for their support.

    “This will make a huge difference to the club and we feel we can work closely with them to our mutual benefit.

    “There will be some exciting opportunities lined up for those involved with the club, both corporate and individual supporters, and details will appear on the website."

     

    The Energy Check are the front of shirt sponsor of Shrewsbury Town F.C, stadium naming rights with Bury F.C, are the official ticketing sponsor of Cambridge United F.C and official partner of FC United of Manchester, all for the next two years.
    Shaun Martin, partnership manager at The Energy Check, said they were delighted to be named the Alloa Athletic's official front of shirt sponsor.

    He added: “For those who don’t know us, The Energy Check are an international energy consultancy, focused on the commercial and domestic markets in the UK, ROI, U.S.A and France."

     

    “Our main aim for our customers is to reduce energy costs, consumption and their carbon footprint."

    “As part of our agreement with Alloa, we’re working closely with the club to ensure we deliver reductions in energy consumption at the club, alongside providing opportunities for the fans to make fantastic savings on their utilities."

    “It’s an exciting time for both organisations entering what we expect to be a long-lasting relationship and we wish the club all the success both on, and off the pitch for this coming season."

    “We look forward to working with Alloa Athletic F.C and being a part of its continued success.”


    Manager Jim Goodwin and Club Captain Andy Graham show of the new Alloa Athletic strip with new sponsors Logo.
     

     

     

     

     

    Cruel scoreline 

    Sunday, September 03, 2017 5:05:46 PM

    It was "The Wasps" who took all the plaudits at Tannadice on Saturday, indeed it was the visitors who created the best scoring chances in the match and deserved better than a 3-1 score line - only going behind to their second contentious penalty in a week, having also suffered losing the opening goal the previous Saturday at Airdrie under similar circumstances.

    "The Wasps" had a great opportunity to take the lead after 23 minutes when Daryll Meggatt passed the ball inside to the lively Kevin Cawley, but his shot went inches past the post.

    "The Wasps" were pushing forward at every opportunity and looked dangerous on the break. Indeed before half-time they had another two great chances to open the scoring, Iain Flannigan went close with a free kick before a minute prior to half-time Alan Cook broke through but his shot went high and wide.

    Although at times Dundee United had periods of pressure they didn't create much in front of goal. Scoring the first goal in matches is so crucial and it was the home side who took the lead in 72 minutes when Andy Graham was ajudged to have fouled Patrick N'Yoti who slotted home the resultant penalty kick. Unfortunately for "The Wasps" Andy Graham had to be replaced with a shoulder injury but the introduction of Adam Martin was the catalyst for "The Wasps" best period in the game. He battled to gain possession on the wing and set up the equaliser for Kevin Cawley.

    Adam Martin loses Dailly & Flood
    Kevin Cawley fires home equaliser
     
    Kris Renton then had a great chance to win the match but could not be clinical enough in final third of park having battled hard to get the opportunity. There was no doubt Alloa were finishing the stronger although the game looked destined for extra time Dundee United scored twice in time added on - it was a scoreline that not even the United supporters watched could have imagined, it flattered them and was very hash on what was an excellent performance from Jim Goodwin's side who more than matched their full time opponents.
     
    Kris Renton beats William Edjenguele
    Wasps pile on pressure near end of game
    Jim Goodwin cannot believe last ditch goals.
     

     

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