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Alloa Athletic continued their recent good form in what was one of the most entertaining games at Recreation Park for a while. Montrose who were playing their first league game at the ground since season 1997/98 were always dangerous and although “The Wasps” could have won this game by an even greater margin, the visitors were quick on the counter and will look back just prior to half-time when they were denied a 3-2 lead to a tight offside decision. Alloa statrted the game brightly and were awarded a penalty after Dougie Cameron fouled Kevin Cawley in the box after only 4 minutes, Ryan McCord scored the resultant penalty kick. Alloa looked to press home their advantage but on 26 minutes Alan Campbell turned in the box and scored an unlikely equaliser. Two minutes later Kevin Cawley restored the lead before the lively Martin Boyle again equalised on the break, scoring his fifth goal of the season. In the second period “The Wasps” dominated the play and created numerous scoring opportunities, Ben Gordon put Paul hartley’s side back in front bulleting home a header from a corner kick, and Kevin Cawley scored his second double in a fortnight when he scored the final goal in a 4-2 victory for “The Wasps”. A great game to watch, as Paul Hartley’s team get stronger each week, although by the end the team might have taken more of their chances, no complaints however after winning last four league matches.
paul hartley after montrose game
That’s four victories out of four so we are delighted, it was another good performance today, we made a couple of mistakes in the first half and we let them back into the game, they were dangerous on the counter attack but we really should have scored more than four goals today, so of the football at times was excellent. We are creating lots of chances so for that and the way we are playing the game I have to be pleased at the start we have made. However we will still need to maintain the standards we are trying to set at Recreation Park. The players have been terrific, having only had them for three months now, we have brought 20 players in, they are all hungrier with a great spirit to do well which is first class. We must be in the mix at the end of the season and I have no complaints so far, their work ethics is terrific, their attitude to training, but only ourselves can maintain the high standards we are trying to set. Competition is a good thing in the team, I changed the team from last week, I made the one change this week, depending on what the game is – if it is a home game or an away game we might look to change the personnel, it’s all part of having a strong squad.