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‘Sena’ Signs

The Partick Thistle midfielder is our latest summer signing as he joins on loan for the season with the option of a recall in January.

Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang has previous loans spells at junior side Cumnock and then in League 1 with Montrose before breaking into the Partick Thistle first team last term. The Senegalese slotted in at an unfamiliar centre back role but flourished in his new position. He’s equally as good as a box-to-box midfielder and bolsters the squad further with his versatility.

Welcome to the Wasps!

Alloa 3 – 1 East Fife

3 - 1
Full Time

Highlights

Alloa gave two debuts today as Mark Durnan made his first start and we saw an interesting 3-4-3 formation take shape for the outing against East Fife. With the elite SBS (Scougall, Boyd and Sammon) leading the line Alloa looked to carve the early opportunities. The pressure told after 29 minutes when Scougall slipped past Higgins, charged into the East Fife box and laid on an outside of the boot through ball for Boyd to hit home at the back post. David Hutton made a magnificent to deny Danny Denholm, a player who seems cursed to defeat at the Indodrill, as the veteran athletically launched a strong arm to beat the ball away from the equaliser.

In the second half East Fife reclaimed parity with a sublime Jamie Semple pile driver. Hutton beaten at full stretch as the ball rocketed past him from 25 yards. With the confidence of the wondergoal firmly in mind, East Fife pushed for a second but it was the Wasps who would bite back. Daniel Church providing a precision cross to pick out Conor Sammon. The Irishman poked home at the front post to restore the Alloa lead. Just a minute after the restart East Fife were punished as Sammon, Boyd and Scougall executed a swift counterattack and raced through with the former Hamilton man firing past Gallacher to give himself a chance at a hat trick.

Alloa managed the game out as East Fife struggled to triage a wounded front line. Alloa’s league campaign getting back on track as they jumped to 6th in League 1.

We dominated the game

Barry Ferguson : “In the first half, I think we dominated the game, no doubt about that. We were a wee bit wobbly, they scored the goal, felt a bit sorry for ourselves but I was waiting on a reaction and I got that. Once we got the second goal, I always thought we were going to be in control. When we got the third goal we just saw out the game.”

“That’s what I want. The only thing I can be disappointed in is the first 15 minutes of the second half but I got a reaction with good nights on Tuesday and Thursday and obviously a good result against East Fife, who got a great result against Queen’s Park last week.”

We’ll get there through hard work

“[Scoring’s] been a problem for Alloa over the years and that’s one thing we need to do. We’re solid enough defensively but we need to create more opportunities. Today, we were good and we’ve got three goals. That’s something we work hard on but something that won’t happen overnight because it’s a new group but we’ll get there through hard work.”

“The market is slow in terms of loans but just now we need to work with what we’ve got but hopefully we can have one or two back in contention after Tuesday night.”

He’s phenomenal

“Scougs was in a different position today, He’s got fantastic ability but one thing I love about him is his work rate. He’s phenomenal. If you look at him he’s about 8 stone wet but he gives me everything. I need to get a position where I can build my team around a player like him. He’s a matchwinner when he plays like that.”

Alloa Athletic

31David Hutton Goalkeeper
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
2Scott Taggart Defender
16Adam King Midfielder
4Craig Howie Defender
3Daniel Church Defender
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
18Conor Sammon Forward 65'
11Steven Boyd Forward 29', 66'
21Craig McDowall Goalkeeper
25Reis Webster Forward
14Mark Lamont Midfielder
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder
17Jordan Armstrong Defender
22A Trialist Midfielder

East Fife

1Scott Gallacher Goalkeeper
12Scott Mercer Defender
5Ross Dunlop Defender
3Chris Higgins Defender
8Patrick Slattery Defender
7Danny Denholm 15 Midfielder
18Liam Newton Midfielder
14Liam Watt Midfielder
6Connor McManus Midfielder
9Kyle Connell 11 Forward
16Jamie Semple 20 Forward 48'
17Aaron Steele Goalkeeper
19Lewis Anderson Midfielder
11Cameron Dow 9 Forward
20Michael Cunningham 16 Forward
15Sean Brown 7 Forward

Ground

Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

Alloa vs East Fife Tickets

There’s a limited number of tickets available for the visit of East Fife our opening cinch League 1 . Season ticket holders don’t need to exchange for tickets. You’ll just need to present your season ticket book on the day.

These will be in 3 sections of the ground:

  • Home Stand
  • Home Terrace
  • Away Stand

Movement between these areas will not be permitted.

Please buy for those you’ll be going to the game in a single transaction.

1m social distancing from those not in your bubble is still required and masks or face coverings are required in all areas of the ground.

Buy online or at Lime Tree House, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EX.

All orders are sent via Royal Mail First Class delivery so the last delivery orders will be sent out on Wednesday. After this you’ll be able to collect from Lime Tree House.

Live streaming is also available.

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!