Alloa Athletic v Berwick Rangers

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Full Time

This was two points lost today, after taking an early lead and then creating a number of good chances we lost a goal against the run of play which was a setback, there after Berwick Rangers looked to hit on the break and defended in numbers, at times throwing their bodies in front of shots which were goalbound. Equally Berwick Rangers had their own opportunities which could have puinished “The Wasps” even greater. Trialist, Steve Masterton came on after 53 minutes and added his direct firepower, with shots which at times looked to be goalbound but on the day the Berwick Rangers defence held firm and held out for a draw. This is a game Paul Hartley’s side should have won but lack a cutting edge inside the penalty box. Trialist, Steve Masterton signed after the match until the end of December, 2011.


paul hartley after berwick rangers

We had loads of possession again today but we could not quite find that second goal. The first goal was a terrific goal, great movement good football and a good finish from Graeme Holmes but we never really capitalised on it. I’m very disappointed, I feel it is two points dropped today. I was again pleased with the effort and the attitude, which was great. We are still making plenty chances – every single week we have made chances but today we could not find that winning goal. The hardest thing to do in football is score a goal, it has always been the hardest part of playing football but we will just need to work on that because we had the chances it is just that final little detail. The players effort and attitude first class as usual. We always thought that with our fitness levels that we would keep going to the end and felt that they would tire a little bit, but fair play to them they defended well, but we lacked a cutting edge today that wins games. We must move on and look forward to a cup tie next week against league leaders Annan Athletic which already has been described as the tie of the second round, therefore we will need to be at our best.


Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa