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Emergency stopper in

We can tonight confirm the emergency loan signing of Rangers’ Kieran Wright.

Kieran signed with the Wasps, on another emergency loan, just a couple weeks before the 2019-20 season was curtailed. Last year, he made 12 appearances, as Partick Thistle gained promotion from League 1 and has also had spells at Raith Rovers, Albion Rovers and Gala Fairydean on loan in previous years.

Welcome back to the Wasps, Kieran!

Thanks to Rangers FC for their prompt help in obtaining an emergency keeper before Sunday’s game against Queen’s Park.

Alloa 2 – 4 Peterhead

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Full Time

Highlights

Alloa got off to a flyer against the northeast side when Steven Boyd started and finished a flowing move. Cawley and Henderson showing excellent awareness with two first time passes freeing Boyd to find the bottom left corner. The Wasps continue to threaten on the break but they couldn’t quite carve another opening.

After sloppily giving the ball away though, Alloa were punished. Peterhead’s own pacy forward converted at Hutton’s front post with a flick from McCarthy’s cross and the away side grew into the game after the goal.

At a corner McDonald and Hutton clashed and both were booked. This proved vital, as a minute and a half later, Hutton palmed away the effort of Scott Brown from outside the box into the path of Payne. The Alloa stopper caught the Peterhead striker and a penalty was awarded as well as a second yellow. Alloa for the 3rd home game in a row found themselves down to ten men. Keir Burt replaced Cawley as he was sacrificed for the substitute goalie but there no heroics as Scott Brown deftly fired it low beyond the youngster. Alloa did provide an instant reaction – Scougall floating inside with the ball switched to Church and he delivered on a plate for Charlie Gilmour to rattle a volley high into the net.

Alloa were level but in the second half the introduction of McLean provided yet another target as the set pieces mounted. He won an unmarked flick-on to reinstate the Blue Toon lead. Alloa barely threatened the Peterhead goal as the disadvantaged 10 men continued to chase.

Late on, probably the man of the match, Josh Mulligan finished an impressive flowing break to cement the three points for the visitors. Ill discipline has proven a difficult hurdle so far with a third red card in just 10 league games proving again too much for Alloa as we slip to 8th in the league.

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper 34'
37'
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
2Scott Taggart 8 Defender
3Daniel Church Defender
15Charlie Gilmour Midfielder 39'
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
16Adam King Midfielder 26'
7Kevin Cawley 21 Midfielder
22Euan Henderson 18 Forward
11Steven Boyd Forward 9'
83'
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
8Jon Robertson 2 Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder
21Keir Burt 7 Goalkeeper
18Conor Sammon 22 Forward
14Mark Lamont

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Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

Billy Lamont

Alloa Athletic FC sends its best wishes to Billy Lamont’s family at a sad time. A former manager, Billy, passed away at the age of 85.

Billy Lamont joined “The Wasps” at the start of Season 1993/94 replacing Hugh McCann.
In his first season in the Bell’s League Division Two this was the season the league were to introduce a new Third Division for the following season, which meant the Champions would go into the First Division and the next five team go into the Second Division.

Sadly, under Billy Lamont, “The Wasps” were not to win any of their last 4 league fixtues and in a final game they faced East Fife at Recreation Park which Alloa needed to win due to goal difference. They only drew 1-1 which saw East Fife stay in the Second Division and Alloa relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history. In the Scottish Cup “The Wasps” defeated Gala Fairydean 4-0 at Recreation Park, however, they faced Rangers in the next round at Ibrox and lost 6-0 even although Jim Butter the Alloa goalkeeper was awarded Man of the match.

Season 1994/95, in the newly formed Third Division, saw the introduction to the league of Ross County & Inverness Caledonian Thistle. However “The Wasps” struggled for consistency and ended the season in fifth place behind Champions Forfar Athletic. Billy Lamont did pick up a Bell’s Manager of the Month award but was to lose 26 matches out of the 83 he was in charge of the side and was sacked at the end of Season 1994/95 to be replaced by Pat MacAulay. 

Alloa 1 – 3 Cove Rangers

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Full Time

Highlights

Alloa took on the pre-season bookies favourites at the Indodrill with the rain belting down for much of the game.

Drama was quick to kick off as the ever influential Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang lunged into a tackle after just 19 seconds. The referee quickly produced a red card and Alloa were reduced to 10 men. Despite this impediment the 10 men of Alloa were resolute and they created the best chance of the first half when Adam King rocketed a shot left-footed towards Stewart McKenzie’s goal. The Cove keeper saved well but it was the only shot in anger forced upon either goalkeeper in the first half. Blair Yule had Cove’s best chance with a free header but could only put it wide from 7 yards.

Shaleum Logan was a continual threat from his deliveries and after 53 minutes proved it again when Durnan glanced a header across the six yard box from the right back’s cross. Rory McAllister was there to head home from point blank range. Alloa rallied and quickly made changes with Cawley replacing Sammon and later Howie and Robertson for Church and King respectively. After Taggart botched a run down the wing, he quickly recovered and robbed the slack Cove defence and driving into the box and winning a corner. Up stepped Stefan Scougall who blazed the corner in only for it to ricochet off Blair Yule’s thigh and helplessly bounce into the back of the net. Alloa were level and again for long periods you could forget the contest was 10v11.

The game was quickly erupting into chaos all over the park as both hopefuls swung for the second goal and the lead. Kevin Cawley had a spectacular whipped effort cannon off the outside of the post while just seconds later Cove were given a gift by Mendy’s loose pass to Harry Milne. He played in Masson who drove to the byline and sliced the Alloa defence open with McAllister delivering the killing blow and a second goal of the afternoon.

Late on Alloa defender Howie stretched his leg out to tackle Megginson, despite what looked like minimal content. Although he pleaded his case that we was beyond the 18 yard box the referee pointed to the spot. Rory McAllister smartly finished to make it 3-1 to the visitors and Alloa were left to rue what might have been if Cawley’s effort had cracked the inside of the post instead of the outside.

Alloa drop to 7th in the table while Cove set the pace, before Queen’s Park play their ‘game in hand’ on Sunday.

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
3Daniel Church 4 Defender
15Charlie Gilmour Midfielder
16Adam King 8 Midfielder
19Mouhamed Niang Defender 1'
11Steven Boyd Forward
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
18Conor Sammon 7 Forward
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
4Craig Howie 3 Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
7Kevin Cawley 18 Midfielder
8Jon Robertson 16 Midfielder
14Mark Lamont Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder

Cove Rangers

1Stuart McKenzie Goalkeeper
2Morgyn Neill Defender
3Harry Milne Defender
5Scott Ross Defender
8Blair Yule Midfielder 76'
9Mitch Megginson Forward
13Rory McAllister Forward 52', 83', 89'
16Iain Vigurs Midfielder
18Finlay Robertson Midfielder
20Robbie Leitch Midfielder
25Shay Logan Defender
4Connor Scully Midfielder
6Ryan Strachan Defender
10Jamie Masson Midfielder
11Leighton McIntosh Forward
17Ola Adeyemo Forward
23Kyle Gourlay Goalkeeper
24Fraser Fyvie Midfielder

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Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

Charlie Gilmour joins on loan

The loan deadline has passed and Barry Ferguson adds the promising St Johnstone midfielder into the squad.

Charlie, 22, was previously an Arsenal and Norwich City youth. He has loan experience previously when he spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Eerste Divisie side SC Telstar in the Netherlands.

He’s caught the eye at youth international level representing both the Scottish and English FA’s from U15 to U19 level.

Gilmour will wear the number 15 jersey for the Wasps.

Thanks to St Johnstone and welcome to the Indodrill Charlie!

Games Moved in October

The cinch League 1 game vs Queen’s Park, originally scheduled for Saturday 23rd October 2021 has been moved due to a fixture clash with Partick Thistle at Firhill. The new date is Sunday 24th October with a 3pm kick-off.

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The SPFL Trust Trophy Round 3 match, originally scheduled for 9th October has been postponed.

Ayr United, originally beat Rangers B 3-0 but were disqualified for fielding ineligible players. Rangers B are unable to fulfil the fixture due to call-ups for the international weekend so the game has been rearranged to Wednesday 27th October 2021 with a 7:45pm kick-off.

7:45 pm

Dumbarton 1 – 1 Alloa

1 - 1
Full Time

Highlights

Alloa returned to the Dumbarton Football Stadium for the first time since the 2-0 win in the playoffs launched our 3 year championship stint back in May 2018. This season both teams are in the mix for what looks like a tasty promotion battle with 7 teams within three points of the top. Alloa named a single change as Scougall came in for Connor Sammon from last weeks triumph in Montrose.

Alloa impressed in the first half. Solid at the back and the creators of the best chances. Scougall volleyed a cross past Ramsbottom in the Dumbarton goal but Buchanan was there to clear any danger inside the six yard box. Adam King, clearly still flying from his wonder strike at Links Park, smashed a first time effort destined for the top corner if not for a quick hands of the Son’s keeper. While Henderson was only stopped by a cynical foul by Duthie after some incisive running. He was soon withdrawn with what looked like a hamstring issue, the attacks didn’t stop with Scougall and Durnan both winning headers but failing to direct them on target as Alloa pressured for the opener.

In the 45th minute, Taggart’s by-line cross was aimed at O’Donnell. Dumbarton could only flick it up in the air and so the predatory Steven Boyd latched on to the free ball and unleashed a low volley under Ramsbotttom from 12 yards.

The second half held a strange holding pattern. It seemed to trend with Alloa working the ball up the field, giving away cheap fouls and inviting more pressure as the increasingly desperate Dumbarton lumped crosses into the box.

While King had an early opportunity screwed wide. Dumbarton were inches away from creating an opening with Duthie just too short to connect to Buchanan’s lofted through ball. Callum Wilson’s free kick was a stramash in the box which fell to Edin Lynch but the defender could only tamely aim it at Hutton. Buchanan earned a free header after some questionable pushing on the Alloa captain Durnan, but thankfully his connection sent the ball high over the Alloa goal. Callum Wilson’s in swinging delivery was again a thorn in the side for Alloa as Durnan misjudged a leaping header leaving the cross to land at the feet of sub Ross McLean, only to blaze over from inside 10 yards. .

Despite winning the ball back from what looked like a foul and a grabbing a handful of Stefan Scougall’s shirt, Dumbarton picked up a corner. It was ultimately the end for Scougall, who delayed the game getting treatment before being withdrawn in a double substitution with Boyd for Sammon and Cawley. After a much delayed corner, Wilson found the head of Paddy Boyle. Boyle glanced it towards goal off the ground and it bounced past Hutton and over Dan Church on the line to give Dumbarton the equaliser.

Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang had another handsome performance in the midfield and had enjoyed a favourable running battle with Son’s midfielder Stuart Carswell and the Dumbarton man was lucky to only receive a yellow after giving Sena an incredibly late boot as the on-loan Partick Thistle star danced past him.

Ross McLean would volley over for what was the last note of attack for Dumbarton but Alloa almost sealed three points with the clearly aggravated Niang executing a driving and firing at goal from just outside the 6 yard box only to be denied by Ramsbottomm.

It was on the whole another solid display in Dumbarton as both sides shared a point.

Barry Ferguson, Alloa Manager

“First half we were good in terms of hitting on the counter. Dumbarton have had some great results. Stephen Farrell’s got a right good team here, a physical team, which we knew would be tough. We came to get three points but with the injuries to Scougs and Hendo it was tough. Scougall’s not trained all week with having a new baby. Down the line this’ll probably be a decent point, but we want to win every game we play.”

“It was a good finish from Steve Boyd. Boyd’s pace in behind worked in the first half, in bits, but in the second, I said to him at half time it would need to continue – we were good in the first with winning the first ball and if not winning that we were on to the second, which was pleasing but we’d like to have that level of consistency off [the players]”

“We got negative comments but I’ll stick up for my boys, first half excellent, second half we were poor but it wasn’t for a lack of trying and that’s one thing about my team: My boys still worked hard for me. There’s a small section of fans out with the majority who want to support the team, I understand that they want to win every game but when it becomes personal, I don’t like it. It’s not just me it’s the players noticing it. We’ve had a big turnaround in players, and they need to realise it doesn’t happen overnight. We’re still in touching distance of the top [of the league.] Constructive criticism I can take all day, but I’ve had enough of the negative stuff with having a go at players not trying hard enough. It’s not been great but the players out there still run, still work.”

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
3Daniel Church Defender
19Mouhamed Niang Defender
16Adam King Midfielder
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd 18 Forward 45'
22Euan Henderson 20 Forward
12Stefan Scougall 7 Midfielder
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
7Kevin Cawley 12 Midfielder
14Mark Lamont
18Conor Sammon 11 Forward
20Cameron O’Donnell 22 Midfielder

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Dumbarton Football Stadium
Dumbarton Football Stadium, Castle Road, Silverton, Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, G82 1JJ, United Kingdom

Montrose 0-2 Alloa

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Full Time

Highlights

Alloa triumphed over a bright Montrose team with two first half goals from ‘Sena’ and King.

Alloa were looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday against Airdrieonians. Sammon was a catalyst for the half hour fightback in that game and he rightfully started up front. Church came in at left back and Robertson slotted back into his natural CM position for Kevin Cawley. Scougall was another notable absentee, but his partner is just about to give birth so probably a wise decision not to travel.

Alloa started in very disjointed fashion with a loud claim for a penalty denied by referee Alan Newlands. It was one that was almost certainly a foul as Robertson clattered through the back of Blair Lyons. Still, Newlands wouldn’t have long to wait to award a penalty, even more galling when this time, Lyons rounded Hutton, knocked the ball too wide and clipped his own heels to win the spot kick. Up stepped Lewis Milne to the spot to deliver an effort wide of Hutton’s post, both bereft of power and placement, and probably covered anyway by the Alloa goalkeeper guessing the correct way.

The Wasps almost suckered today’s hosts when Niang and Sammon won the ball high up the park but spurned their opportunity to take a clear shot with Niang blocked as he checked back into the cul-de-sac of defenders. Montrose continued to look the more likely to score until the 26th minute when Whatley was robbed by the marauding Niang and the midfielder drilled it low to Allan Fleming’s left side and into the net.

Craig Brown was the next to line up an opportunity as Craig Johnston neatly laid off inside the 18 yard box. The story of Montrose’s day seemed to be the lack of finishing ability as their interplay well merited a goal.

Again, the visitors proved more adept going forward as Henderson drove to the corner flag, Dillon could only clear as far as Niang, who played himself into space with a neat one-two with Henderson before squaring to King and winning an Alloa advantage. King, though, in inspired fashion blazed an effort into the top corner leaving Montrose stunned and Alloa comfortable despite a trying half.

In the second period the Wasps defended the lead well and indeed looked to increase their lead. Hutton’s penalty box was only catching practice for the remainder of the half, except for a late Andrew Steeves effort which would have found the bottom corner if not for the cushioned glove of the Alloa goalkeeper while Fleming in the Montrose goal denied Henderson from close range, was almost lobbed from deep by King and had an effort from Cawley cleared off the line by one of his defenders after both he and Steven Boyd had rounded the Gable Endies stopper.

Alloa’s first away win in the league lifts them to within 3 points of leaders Queen’s Park, although the same can be said for almost the whole league with 3 points between 7th placed Falkirk and the summit.

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper 5'
2Scott Taggart Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
3Daniel Church Defender
19Mouhamed Niang Defender 26'
16Adam King Midfielder 45'
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd 20 Forward
22Euan Henderson 7 Forward
18Conor Sammon Forward
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
7Kevin Cawley 22 Midfielder
14Mark Lamont Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell 11 Midfielder

Ground

Links Park
Links Park, Wellington Street, Borrowfield, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, DD10 8QD, United Kingdom

Airdrieonians 2-1 Alloa

2 - 1
Full Time

Highlights

After a pleasing performance and result against Falkirk on Saturday, Alloa stuttered to a uninspiring defeat in Airdrie. The first 45 minutes of the game at the Excelsior Stadium was a languid affair with Alloa having plenty of the ball but proving powerless to penetrate a packed Diamonds defence. After a couple of early snapshots went wide the home side took the lead from Alloa’s slackness. Niang who was a hero against Falkirk turned villain as he gave the ball away cheaply, Airdrie counter-attacked and the whipped cross found the head of Gallagher who had drifted off the back of Fernandy Mendy. While Hutton managed to stand up to the opening effort it would only ricochet back to the Airdrie striker to finish left-footed high into the net. Despite the deficit, Alloa were struggling to inject some tempo into the game and despite, their at times, neat interplay Currie in the Airdrie goal was rarely called into action.

As the second half started things became even worse for the Wasps as Adam Frizzell curled an outside of the right-boot effort around Hutton from 25 yards. Boyd almost sparked a reply as his quick feet beat two Airdrie defenders and subsequently won a corner. Durnan was unmarked around 6 yards, sending it past the goallie only to be cleared from the line.

Quick reactions from the visiting bench as on came Church and Sammon for Cawley and Niang. Sammon had an instant impact. Holding the ball up and running in the pocket, he one-two’d with Scougall and then opened his body up to swerve around Max Currie and find the bottom corner. It makes it two goals in two substitute appearances for Sammon after his effort to secure the Falkirk win on Saturday. Things could have been even better for the big Irishman as Taggart whipped in an effort and he could only head directly at the Airdrie keeper. Momentum swung towards Alloa, but despite the flow of play towards the Airdrie goal, they could not find that decisive equaliser and as the Airdrie players broke up the games’ momentum, it meandered towards a home victory and an Alloa disappointment.

Airdrieonians

1Max Currie Goalkeeper
16Craig Watson Defender
6Rico Quitongo Defender
10Dylan Easton Midfielder
6Callum Fordyce Defender
8Scott Agnew Midfielder
7Rhys McCabe Defender
21Adam Frizzell Midfielder 51'
9Calum Gallagher 22 Forward 12'
23Scott McGill 20 Midfielder
24Gabby McGill Forward
18Jay Cantley Goalkeeper
12Dean Ritchie Midfielder
20Rhys Caves 23 Midfielder
15Matthew McDonald Midfielder
19Scott Walker Defender
14Jordan Allan Forward
22Salim Kouider-Aissa 9 Forward

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender 37'
6Mark Durnan Defender 53'
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
19Mouhamed Niang 3 Defender
16Adam King Midfielder 32'
7Kevin Cawley 18 Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward
12Stefan Scougall 5 Midfielder
22Euan Henderson Forward
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
3Daniel Church 19 Defender
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham 12 Defender
14Mark Lamont
18Conor Sammon 7 Forward 62'
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder

Ground

Excelsior Stadium
Penny Cars Stadium, Craigneuk Avenue, Islay, Craigneuk, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML6 8QZ, United Kingdom

Alloa 2 – 0 Falkirk

2 - 0
Full Time

Highlights

Alloa overcame their close neighbours in what was ultimately a routine home win for the Wasps. Alloa handed a debut to new Hearts loanee Euan Henderson, while Scougall made way after feeling unwell before the game, in the only forced change, from the side that started last week’s win over Cowdenbeath.

Alloa had the best of the opportunities as Boyd broke through and Trouten bounced a diving header wide. They would grab the breakthrough as Taggart lobbed a curling ball over everyone for the run of Henderson who eventually prodded home with a slow roll of the ball past Mutch. Alarm bells were ringing for Alan Trouten who was instantly removed from the field of play after receiving some treatment on his errant hamstring. Cammy O’Donnell joining the play in sad circumstances.

While the Wasps goalkeeper was active, only one curling effort required a serious save in the first half. Alloa were dealt another serious blow when red hot Boyd felt unfit to continue on 40 minutes. Former Bairn Conor Sammon replaced him. O’Donnell unleashed a volley from 30 yards that narrowly missed Mutch’s woodwork and passed up a glorious cutback where he could only find the Falkirk goalkeeper.

Falkirk threatened early, twice in the second half but again it was the Wasps who were superior. A deep free kick aimed to Durnan, was nodded across goal for Sammon to seal the three points. Alloa closed out the game almost flawlessly, with only one hairy moment as Ompreon was denied an exquisite finish by Hutton’s fingertips and the resulting corner was saved by a goal line clearance from King.

Ground

Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa