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    Poor Spectacle 

    Sunday, February 18, 2018 1:02:28 PM

    This will be a game which will be easily forgotten as neither team did themselves justice in front of goals, as a spectacle it did nothing for the game of football.

    This was never going to be an easy game for "The Wasps" against Arbroath who themselves have aspirations of clinching a play-off spot having been promoted last season as Division Two Champions and their manager Dick Campbell recently picking up the SPFL Ladbrokes Division One "Manager of the month" award for January, 2018.
    However "The Wasps" went into the game missing some key players, Jamie McCart & Ross Stewart picked up injuries while with their parent clubs in midweek, Stevie Hetherington was suspended and Kevin Cawley was attending a funeral in Donegal.
    PJ Crossan tries to break free and get forward
    It was a game of very few chances but "The Wasps" did come closest to scoring when Kris Renton rose to meet Iain Flannigan's cross only to see his header come back off the woodwork. This was the nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock in a game the ball was in the air more than on the deck.
    Kris Renton's header strikes the post
    Things might have been worse for "The Wasps" when after 67 minutes young striker Callum Smith making his first start since joining on loan from Dunfermline Athletic was harshly given a straight red card which might have merited a yellow but a red card seemed severe.
    Referee flashes Red Card
    So down to ten men for the last twenty five minutes we really defended solidly but it was a game neither team were nowhere as good as they can be in a poor game.
    Iain Flannigan made his 100th first team start at Gayfield for "The Wasps"

    Wasps move into 3rd 

    Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:59:45 PM

    Another three points, move up into third place in league, fifth consecutive home game in league unbeaten and eighth clean sheet of the season - but we made it difficult for ourselves by not taking chances in front of goal to get the important second goal.

    Jordan Kirkpatrick with early chance
    Forfar keeper makes point blank save from Iain Flannigan
    It was a mixture of needing to be more clinical in front of goal and some outstanding saves by the Forfar Athletic keeper Marc McCallum. Forfar Athletic have strenghened their squad in the January transfer window and did not look like a side sitting bottom of the league.
    Andy Graham scores winning goal
    The result is what matters most and there were some very good performances from the Alloa team but Forfar Athletic kept plugging away and Neil Parry had to make his own important saves to make sure the points stayed at the Indodrill Stadium.
    Ross Stewart with great opportunity in second half

    Rescheduled Fixtures 

    Tuesday, February 06, 2018 3:53:38 AM

    The SPFL has now confirmed new dates for the clubs outstanding matches which had been previously postponed. The new dates for the fixtures will be:-

    Tuesday February 27th
    Airdrieonians  v. Alloa Athletic
    Kick-Off 7.45pm
    Tuesday 6th March
    Alloa Athletic   v.   Arbroath
    Kick-Off 7.45pm

    Payback time at Somerset Park 

    Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:05:02 PM
    The Wasps moved back into the Play-Off positions and knocked Ayr United off the top of the league after their 2-1 victory at Somerset Park after scoring two goals in three minutes.
    Chris McCart equalises after 14 minutes
    RBoss Stewart pounces on poor clearance 2-1 to Alloa
    Ayr keeper Jack Ruddy watches in horror
    After a good opening start to the game by "The Wasps" after winning the toss and making the home side play into their supporters end in the first half, Lawrence Shankland scored an impressive stike his 20th goal for Ayr United already this season. However, the Alloa players showed great spirit and desire to push for the equaliser and four minutes later Jamie McCart headed home his first goal for "The Wasps", Three minutes later Alloa were to take the lead in bizzare circumstances, Ayr keeper Jack Ruddy came out to clear from Ross Stewart but only sliced his clearance wide, Ross chased down the opportunity and scored from the tightest of angles his shot agonisingly passing the keeper and into the far post. This was to be payback time for Jim Goodwin's men who had been robbed by Ayr United by two late injury time goals in previous two matches this season.
    Jordan Kirpatrick goes close to increasing Alloa lead
    In the second half Ayr United had more of the possession, pushing Alloa further back, but the defence was magnificent, Jamie McCart clearing off the line at one end while jordan Kirkpatrick and PJ Crossan came close to scoring for "The Wasps".
    Jamie McCart goal line clearance
    PJ Crossan's late effort is blocked on the line
    The game was to mark two other Alloa milestones - Assistant Manager Paddy Connolly's 300th game in Alloa dug-out and Scott Taggart's amazing run of 7,263 minutes of his Alloa career before he missed a single minute of play for the club having to be substituted for the first time after 63minutes at Somerset Park

    Deadline day transfers 

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:41:03 PM

    Alloa Athletic completed their January transfer window, deadline day deals with the movement of striker, Craig Malcolm to East Kilbride, where he will join another ex Alloa Athletic striker Bryan Prunty at K Park, after manager Billy Stark signed him from Arbroath earlier in the month. Craig was at K Park last night and the paperwork was concluded today.

    Alloa manager Jim Goodwin said  "Craig has left the club due to a lack of regular first team football. I was reluctant to accept Craig's request but after him explaining the personal reasons behind his decision I felt I couldn't stand in his way. We wish Craig well and have no doubt that he will be a huge success at East Kilbride, his local team. This move allows him to not only play regular football but more importantly for Craig, it allows him to see more of his young family. We have also agreed a deal with Dunfermline Athletic to get young Callum Smith on loan. He's a young centre forward who will strengthen us in that department especially with Craig leaving. Callum has made 18 appearances in the Championship this season and is highly thought of at Dunfermline and has already been capped at Scotland U19 level."

    Thanks to Craig Brown from Dunfermline Athletic for picture

    Good Point against leaders 

    Sunday, January 28, 2018 5:13:54 PM

    A point against league leaders Raith Rovers cannot be viewed as a bad result but as much as "The Wasps" continued their unbeaten league record at home which now goes back to 25th November, 2017, it was a match which lacked many shots by either team on goal. Alloa Athletic played some very good football in patches, defensively they were great and the new loan signings look to have settled well into the team making them ready for the second half of the season.

    Ross Stewart & Kevin McHattie
    Ross Stewart had an early chance heading across the goal, Kris Renton was busy looking to knock on chances to Jordan Kirkpatrick, whose manager ex Alloa manager Jack Ross was watching from the stand on Ross & Jordan's performances.
    Aaron Lennox dropped Kris Renton header
    In the second half Raith Rovers keeper Aaron Lennox was to drop a Kris Renton header but Iain Davidson, who was excellent in centre of Raith defence cleared under pressure from Ross Stewart. A measure of how well the Alloa defence had played was the fact Raith Rovers manager Barry Smith took off both Liam Buchanan & Greig Spence in the second half bringing on Herron and Court to look for that important winning goal.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick ties to get past David McKay
    A late chance for Kevin Cawley but cross had too much pace
    But the final chance came to "The Wasps", however Kevin Cawley couldn't get on the end of a cross to the back post which he headed over the bar. Both teams will look back thinking it was a fair draw but it was another game where the first goal would have been so crucial.

    Players out on loan 

    Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:58:36 AM

    Manager Jim Goodwin has agreed for Adam Martin & Ryan Hoggan to go out on loan deals to secure regular first team football. Adam Martin will move on a standard tempotary transfer to Clyde until the end of this season, while Ryan Hoggan will move on a Development Loan to Bo'ness United until the end of this season. We wish both players well and believe they will be given the opportunity to play more regular first team football which is important at this stage in their footballing career.

    Adam Martin on loan to Clyde

    Ryan Hoggan on loan to Bo'ness United

    Wasps exit Scottish Cup 

    Sunday, January 21, 2018 4:33:36 PM

    The Wasps can be proud of their displays against Dundee United for the second time this season in cup competions, but again it was to be "What might have been". Alloa started the game on the front foot and should have went ahead in the opening minute, when the returning Jordan Kirkpatrick on loan from St. Mirren volleyed over the bar in great position inside the box.

    Back came "The Wasps" who were pushing forward and putting United under pressure, Iain Flannigan went close, Kevin Cawley was unfortunate to lose out when ball stuck between his legs and Jordan Kirkpatrick then was denied by a point blank save by Harry Lewis.

    Kevin Cawley denied by bounce
    Harry Lewis saves from Jordan Kirkpatrick
    Alloa Athletic needed to get the first goal which few in the Stadium would have argued they didn't deserve, but fell behind a minute before half-time when Mark Durnan headed home at the back post to the relief of the travelling Dundee United support.
    United defender Paul Quinn gets to grip with Kris Renton
    Jim Goodwin's men were always in the tie and pushed forward at every opportunity, Scott Taggart being a constant threat on the right side of the park.
    United were an improved side in the second half and had a lot of the possession but did not trouble Neil Parry in the Alloa goal. However after 62 minutes their new Danish striker Emil Lyng scored his first goal for the club with a huge slice of fortune as his shot deflected off Callum Crane and went over keeper Neil Parry's head, it was not to be Alloa's day.
    Penalty claim
    With time running out, "The Wasps" looked to have a good penalty appeal when United defender Jamie Robson appeared to bring down Kevin Cawley inside the box.

    Game on  

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:40:57 AM
    Game on after 10:30 pitch inspection

    Pitch Inspection  

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:28:38 AM
    There will be a pitch inspection at 10:30am ahead of today's Scottish cup tie
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