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Peterhead 2-0 Alloa

2 - 0
Full Time

Highlights

It was again a sparse bench as Alloa opened the cinch League 1 campaign against Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium. Taggart, Robertson, Durnan, Cawley and Armour all missing for the trip to the northeast and Fernandy Mendy, Alan Trouten and Mark Lamont having a very limited pre-season. It’s very much a work in progress team as Alloa set up with Fernandy Mendy at CB for his Alloa debut.

But after 8 minutes it was Peterhead who showed they were the sharper team. Andy Graham isolated in a 1v1 with Niah Payne, the forward blasted past the captain to the byline and curled a cross in between Mendy and Howie to give the hosts the opener. A former Wasps’ youngster, Russell McLean’s second spell getting off to a flyer at Peterhead. It was to get little better as Peterhead created the best opportunities of the half. Hutton called into action for a few routine stops while at the other end Brett Long was still to be tested. Boyd and Sammon had the pick of the efforts but both saw their attempts fizz off target.

The second half saw the introduction of the youngsters O’Donnell and Webster and the two spearheaded what looked to be a refocused and driven Alloa response. But that was firmly deflated in the 63rd minute when Russell McLean would find himself in behind the Alloa defense and this time turn provider to Niah Payne who inside the 6 yard box directed the cross past Hutton to give Peterhead a commanding lead. Despite the increasingly urgent, and often wasteful, Alloa, Brett Long wouldn’t be called into any real action as the game petered out to the delight of the home fans.

It’s an opening day blow to Alloa’s promotion expectations and one that didn’t escape the criticism of the boss, Barry Ferguson:

“I’m really disappointed, we’re missing experienced players who would be in contention to be in the starting XI but I’m not going to use that as an excuse. It’s not good enough. I know that, I’m very honest, hence the reason I’m a bit later out the dressing room.”

“We had a long chat and we need to go seriously work on things. It’s a fact that Tuesday and Thursday we need to get a reaction for the game on Saturday.”

There’s a lot of things we need to do

“Peterhead were the better team, first to every ball, [and to] every second ball. Which really disappoints me… there’s a lot of things we need to do… not just the players but myself and the coaching staff too.”

“It’s not been ideal with players missing from [COVID-19 isolation] and injuries but I’m not going to use that as an excuse. We still had 14 or 15 players, obviously with a couple young ones. Hopefully we’ll see the players coming back soon. We lost a couple on Thursday night at training aswell.”

Next week we will get a reaction because that’s not good enough today

“We’ve worked hard in training but today’s not the way that I want my team to play; It’s not the type of performance that we want to see. Next week we will get a reaction because that’s not good enough today.”

“Parry is still part of the squad. I’ll change the goalkeepers again next week. It’s difficult to make these decisions but I didn’t want anyone extra traveling. I wanted Hutt’s in, it’s an area of the pitch I want competition for places. He’s still part of it and a big part of the squad and I want him to fight for his place. In the coming weeks he could be back in.”

Peterhead

1Brett Long Goalkeeper
2Josh Mulligan Defender
3Ryan Conroy Defender
4Andrew McDonald Defender
12Andrew McCarthy 15 Defender
6Simon Ferry Midfielder 61'
7Hamish Ritchie Midfielder
8Scott Brown Midfielder
9Russell McLean Forward 8'
10Lyall Cameron 18 Midfielder
14Niah Payne 99 Forward 63'
27Lenny Wilson Goalkeeper
99Derek Lyle 14 Forward
18Jordon Brown 10 Midfielder
15Daniel Strachan 12 Midfielder
16Derrin Kesson Midfielder
19Jaden Mushanu Forward

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
4Craig Howie Defender
23Fernandy Mendy Defender 93'
5Andy Graham Defender
17Jordan Armstrong 20 Defender
16Adam King Midfielder
10Alan Trouten 25 Midfielder
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward
18Conor Sammon Forward
3Daniel Church 14 Defender
21Craig McDowall Goalkeeper
20Cameron O’Donnell 17 Midfielder
25Reis Webster 10 Forward
14Mark Lamont 3 Midfielder 88'

Ground

Balmoral Stadium
Balmoral Stadium, Wellington Circle, Redmoss, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Raith 0-0 Alloa

0 - 0
Full Time

Highlights

It was a bit of a dead rubber for Alloa with qualification already denied after defeats to Cowdenbeath and Brechin. Raith though needed a win to guarantee not nervously looking toward the score of the Livingston vs Cowdenbeath tie at the end of the day.

Jamie Macdonald almost made a hash of the first Alloa opportunity as he nearly fumbled a Taggart freekick into the path of the on-rushing Conor Sammon, but gathered at the second attempt.

But it was the home side carved out most of the chances but the new signing, David Hutton and his capable two in front of Andy Graham and Craig Howie put life and limb in the way of every Raith opportunity.

In the second half Alloa had an incisive opening but Steven Boyd cutting in on his left foot could only roll it past the post. Sammon was also denied as he broke into the box, his opening effort blocked, the second was a venomous shot at Macdonald’s front post. It received a strong set of hands to parry wide.

Raith substitute Varian would flick over inside the six yard box. The Raith missed opportunities were very reminiscent of the final day in 2017-18 when the Kirkaldy side were held to the loss of league title and promotion to the Championship.

But the game fizzled out to penalties. Sammon’s opening penalty was saved in an otherwise flawless shootout. Taggart, Scougall, Graham and King netting for Alloa. While Benedictus, Keatings, Spencer and Varian fired past Hutton, before Vaughan, the man who hit the post in the final minutes back in 2017-18, stepped up to secure the bonus point win and Raith’s qualification as group winners. They were joined by Livingston after a 3-1 win over Cowdenbeath saw them through as one of the three best runner’s up.

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
4Craig Howie Defender
3Daniel Church Defender
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward
16Adam King Midfielder
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell 9 Midfielder
18Conor Sammon Forward
21Craig McDowall Goalkeeper
9Ben Armour 20 Forward
17Jordan Armstrong Defender
22Devan McColl Midfielder
25Ben Ramage Defender

Two in before Raith

David Hutton has signed for the Wasps!

David’s had a long career in the professional ranks after starting his career at Aberdeen.

He’s turned out for no less than Clyde, Queen of the South, Hamilton, Greenock Morton, Ayr United, Dunfermline and Arbroath. He started last season at League 1 Airdrieonians before making the switch to Brechin City.

Hutts’ will be straight into the squad for today’s game at Raith Rovers.

Hutton, shielding out former Wasp Callum Smith while at Arbroath

Fernandy Mendy joins the Wasps

We’re also pleased to announce the signing of Guinea-Bissau internationalist Fernandy Mendy.

After a couple years at Raith Rovers, with a loan to Kelty Hearts in a COVID disrupted term, the defender rejoins Barry Ferguson and his men at Alloa.

Nando received his first international call-up in March and made it a successful trip by helping Guinea-Bisseau secure qualification for the African Cup of Nations.

Previously, Mendy’s played for Angers SCO and Racing Club Flechois in France.

Nando’s currently following government guidelines and quarantining after travelling back from France so misses out playing against his former teammates. But we look forward to seeing him in action against Peterhead.

Welcome to Alloa, Fernandy.

Brechin 1 – 0 Alloa

1 - 0
Full Time

Highlights

It was a toothless performance in front of goal as Alloa passed up a heap of chances against last year’s club 42. Albeit Alloa were struggling with the absence of Durnan, Cawley, Trouten and Lamont but it did leave the opportunity for youngsters Ben Ramage and Devan McColl to join the first team squad.

Alloa’s first half was methodical with a steady stream of chances opening up. Taggart drilled an effort off the top of the bar. Boyd screwed an effort wide and probably most egregious, Ben Armour passed up the best opportunity by heading over from 6 yards.

In the second half, the almost inevitable sucker punch was struck by Brechin local Marc Scott. He broke from midfield onto a flick on and Robertson couldn’t do anything to stop him charging into the box and rifling an exquisite effort into the top corner beyond the helpless McDowall.

Boyd attempted to lead the counter charge but again Brechin crowded him out. O’Donnell saw the best opportunity fall to him from 8 yards but could only direct it into Wills’ grateful arms. Connor Sammon again found himself in great areas but late on couldn’t find the finish to rescue Alloa from group D mediocrity. Dev McColl would make his debut, but sadly couldn’t make an impact on the already slipping away tie.

Brechin City

1Jack Wills Goalkeeper
2Jamie Bain Defender
5Luc Bollan Defender
7David Cox 16 Forward
11Kieran Inglis Midfielder
19Maksym Kucheriavyi Midfielder
17Jack Milne Defender
10Rory Currie 14 Forward
15Gregor Jordan Defender
9Garry Wood Defender
6Michael Paton Midfielder
14Evan Galasso 10 Midfielder
16Marc Scott 7 Midfielder 55'

Alloa Athletic

21Craig McDowall Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
17Jordan Armstrong Defender
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward 68'
3Daniel Church 16 Defender
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell 22 Midfielder
9Ben Armour 18 Forward
1Neil Parry Goalkeeper
16Adam King 3 Midfielder
18Conor Sammon 9 Forward
22Devan McColl 20 Midfielder
25Ben Ramage

Ground

Glebe Park
Glebe Park, 30, Trinity Road, Unthank, Brechin, Angus, Scotland, DD9 6BJ, United Kingdom

Alloa 2-1 Livingston

2 - 1
Full Time

Highlights

Alloa burst back into Group D contention with a win over the Premiership favourites Livingston.

It’s only been 4 years since both were competing for the League 1 title and you’d be hard pressed to notice the seeming difference in quality that’s seen Livingston’s meteoric rise in Scottish football. Three massive chances fell to Conor Sammon but Alloa’s lone frontman failed to convert. The first was a pinpoint cross into the six yard box from O’Donnell who made the space with an exquisite trick (⬇️➡️ On the analogue stick if you’re a Fifa connoisseur) but Sammon could only head the ball up and over.
The second meanwhile was no skill, just a speculative lob by Howie, that was bizarrely left by both Livi central defenders, the Irishman again failed to execute as he produced a tame effort for Stryjek to catch. In the 36th minute the frontman would beat the keeper. Once again Howie’s lofted through ball finding Sammon running in behind, and with no Livingston defenders in sight, Sammon squeezed the ball under Stryjek only for the ball to strike the post and bounce back into the grateful arms of the goallie. Andy Graham was almost an unlikely scorer too as he looped a Scott Taggart delivery off the bar after beating Stryjek with a jumping header. The ricochet came too quick for Robertson lurking at the back post.

With the second half it looked like more of the same from Alloa. The left back, Dan Church almost delivering the opener, with an in-swinging cross on his weaker foot, just missing the net by a yard. Scougall drilled a shot along the floor too to test the Livingston keeper as the West Lothian side again made simple errors. But Livi sucker punched Alloa with a Bruce Anderson finish. Ben Williamson played the ball wide to Longridge who drilled a cross along the six yard box. The former Aberdeen forward smashed home at the near post.

What followed was a pretty demoralising 15 minutes as Livingston coyly stroked the ball around the back comfortable in the fact that Alloa would need to press them higher and expose themselves to the long diagonal that Alloa had dealt with so comfortably all game. Honourable mentions go to Boyd and Armour who initiated some deep pressing and exposed more of Livingston’s brittle possession football. With 9 minutes of normal time though it was Alloa escaping the Livingston press from defence – Graham launching the ball wide to marauding right back Scott Taggart – he would cut inside and accept Livingston’s invitations to keep going and going until he was almost in the six yard box. With the calls of ‘shoot’ from the commentators and fans, Taggart duly obliged and fired into the bottom corner past Stryjek. With the tide turned and Alloa would win a penalty from the clumsy Ayo Obileye clip of O’Donnell’s heel. Step up Alan Trouten and you know the rest.

It puts potential qualification back in Alloa’s own hands albeit they’ll need to find the net a few times in the upcoming away fixtures at Brechin and Kirkcaldy.

Alloa Athletic

21Craig McDowall Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender 82'
3Daniel Church Defender
4Craig Howie Defender 58'
5Andy Graham Defender 77'
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward
16Adam King 10 Midfielder
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell 17 Midfielder
18Conor Sammon 9 Forward
1Neil Parry Goalkeeper
9Ben Armour 18 Forward
10Alan Trouten 16 Midfielder 86'
17Jordan Armstrong 20 Defender

Livingston

32Max Stryjek Goalkeeper
21Jack McMillan 6 Defender
5Jack Fitzwater Defender
4Tom Parkes Defender
3Jackson Longridge Defender
8Ben Williamson Midfielder
12Scott Pittman Midfielder
16Adam Lewis Midfielder
10Craig Sibbald 18 Midfielder
29James Penrice Midfielder
9Bruce Anderson Forward 63'
1Daniel Barden Goalkeeper
6Gavin Reilly 21 Forward
11Jason Holt 18 Midfielder
18Christian Montano 11 Midfielder
20Ayo Obileye Midfielder

Ground

Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

Evans & Williamson go on loan

We can confirm the loans of Liam Evans and Lucas Williamson to Broomhill FC. The Lowland League team have been based out of the Indodrill Stadium in the recent past, so it’ll be familiar surroundings for our youngsters.

Good luck boys!

Alloa 0-1 Cowdenbeath

0 - 1
Full Time

Highlights

The Premier Sport Cup campaign kicked off to a damp start as Alloa succumbed to a Liam Buchanan goal. The Cowdenbeath striker lobbed home past Neil Parry after a poor mistake by the goalkeeper.

Alloa will feel hard done by as they thought they had equalised in the final minutes with Adam King drilling the ball into the bottom corner but an errant, air swing at the ball by offside Conor Sammon, was deemed to interfere with play and it was chopped off. Alloa had bright moments regularly throughout the first half and especially in the closing minutes but lacked the cutting edge to punish the Fife side. Boyd, Cawley, Robertson and Sammon all missing or being denied in crucial moments.

Great to see fans back in the stadium but frustrating not to secure anything from our season opener.

Alloa Athletic

1Neil Parry Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
3Daniel Church 17 Defender
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
16Adam King Midfielder
7Kevin Cawley 9 Midfielder
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
18Conor Sammon Forward
9Ben Armour 7 Forward
15Nicky Jamieson Defender
17Jordan Armstrong 3 Defender
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder
24Lucas Williamson Midfielder
26Liam Evans Forward

Ground

Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

Fans return for the Premier Sports Cup

We have a small number of tickets on sale for the visit of Cowdenbeath and Livingston. Alloa Athletic Season Ticket holders will have priority when purchasing these limited spaces. Depending on demand a limited number may be made available for general sale.

These will be in 4 sections of the ground:

  • Home Stand
  • Home Terrace
  • Away Stand
  • Away Terrace

Movement between these areas will not be permitted.

2m social distancing from those not in your bubble is still required and masks or face coverings are required in all areas of the ground.

Season Ticket holders can buy online from the account you bought your season tickets on or at Lime Tree House, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EX

LIVE STREAMING

We’ll also be offering a live streaming option for our home Premier Cup Games. Our live streaming service is integrated into our official site at WASP TV

Simply purchase the PPV Item from the club shop and get access to the streaming page. The stream will be live 45 minutes from kick-off.

If you require any assistance the fastest way to get help is to contact us via the tawk.to plugin on the bottom right corner of the Wasp TV Help page.

King & Armstrong: the latest signings.

As preseason kicked off with a leisurely run about against League 2 Stenhousemuir there were two new faces featuring for Alloa.

Adam King

The former Swansea, Hearts and Dundee United midfielder, who most recently ran out against us with Raith Rovers, has signed for the black and gold this year.

Jordan Armstrong

The former Motherwell youth joins Alloa after stints at Stenhousemuir and East Kilbride. He’s equally adept at left or centre back.

Welcome to the Wasps, lads!