The fixture against Dundee scheduled for 7th November has been moved due to being selected for live coverage on BBC Scotland
New date and kick-off as follows:
3 - 3Full Time
Alloa and Dundee were both looking to overcome what’s been a sub-par start to the season for both teams. Alloa, still looking for their first points, bring back Steven Hetherington and Adam Brown in place of Innes Murray and Lee Connelly, respectively. Dundee meanwhile were rocked by a positive COVID-19 test. With one player confirmed infected they were without any adequate cover at CB, with Jordan McGhee their only recognised central defender. Right back Cammy Kerr would slot in in a makeshift Dee defence. ‘The Wasps’ were first break the deadlock. Adam Brown’s corner failed to beat the first man but found it’s way back to the midfielder. Amidst the chaos of the transitioning Dundee defence Robert Thomson was in acres of space. Brown’s delivery left it on a platter for Alloa’s top scorer to slot past the helpless Calum Ferrie. Dundee came out energised at the second half and leveled from a Declan McDaid volley. Unsighted with the ball coming through a crowd of players, Willison, who was rooted to the spot could only watch as it raced into the bottom corner. With the seeming momentum with the away side, Alloa struck back. Liam Dick headed into the mix and ever agile and dangerous in the box Cawley shot off Trouten’s layoff, but saw his effort straight at Ferrie saved. Alan Trouten, thankfully, anticipated the rebound and handily tapped home to send Alloa into the lead again. Lee Connolly, after driving through two Dundee defenders had an excellent opportunity to extend the lead, but instead of laying a square pass on the plate for Trouten the forward had his effort blocked in what should have been a corner. The officials though failed to see the deflection amidst the increasing fog. Minutes later though Alloa would again sting James McPake’s side as Hetherington driven shot was diverted off the studs of Alan Trouten to meg Currie and give the ‘Wasps’ a commanding lead. Dundee inevitably reacted and systematically forced the increasingly defensive Wasps back. Paul McGowan managed to feint and spin to open a wonderful opportunity from 8 yards but for a rapid, reflex save by Reece Willison that wowed the watching TV cameras. Charlie Adam had the corner delivered straight into the net, only to see it being chopped off fairly for a push on Willison. But soon Alloa would concede. Adam’s ball into the box ricocheting off the post. Willison rooted to the spot couldn’t react as the sliding Cammy Kerr saw it unknowingly deflected into the back of the net. Unfortunate but Alloa still had the advantage and 12 minutes to hold off their challengers. Again, Charlie Adam would be at the centre of the Dundee threat. His driven effort was blocked by Taggart but Adam was given a massive helping hand by the officials. Alan Muir pointed to the penalty spot despite Taggart’s arm being pinned to his chest and not deviating to meet the ball. Hardly an ‘unnatural silhouette’ as stipulated by the handball rule and hardly any time to react to Adam’s rasping shot otherwise. The former Liverpool midfielder rattled the penalty home despite Willison diving the right way, beating him with sheer power to the bottom corner. And then it was Dundee’s turn to feel aggrieved by the officials. McDaid sustaining a mistimed challenge from Connelly was upended in the box. Despite the clear contact on the Dundee winger referee Alan Muir deemed the former Ayr man had dived. With such an exciting game of football, punctuated with some great play at either end both teams walked away with the overriding feeling of what could have been. Alloa pick up their first hard-earned point of the season and look forward to a potential Betfred cup qualification against Stenhousemuir on Saturday.