Alloa Athletic v Clyde

2 - 2
Full Time

This was a game that had everything, played more like a cup tie with Clyde showing just how well they can play, with the players they have brought in on loan. Clyde played well and were certainly up for the game, it seemed strange that we had to wait until the 35th minute of the game to get a goal when Andy Scott scored slightly against the run of play after good work from Mark Gilhaney. Two minutes later Clyde equalised when the home defence were static and Jordan White’s header just creeped over David Crawford to equalise. Allan Maitland brought on Mark Brown at half time and this helped, however there was nothing to stop John Stewart’s strike on 50 minutes to put the visitors in front. This made Alloa sit up and they fought back strongly and were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty kick. David Gormley stuck the post and later the bar and Clyde were then awarded a penalty after a breakaway. John Stewart’s attempt went high and wide, however referee Bobby Madden asked the kick to be retaken and this time David Crawford pulled off a wonderful penalty save. Callum Reidford in the visitors goal was pulling off some wonderful saves to deny “The Wasps” who laid seige to the Clyde goal. Sawyers then had a run on goal after going past Kevin Welsh but the chance went for nothing. Then David McClune playing his 100th first team appearance for the club struck a wonder volley into the top right hand corner the salvage a point in a game packed with incidents. Alloa were not at their best, but were only allowed to play as well as Clyde allowed at times, however Alloa’s strengh from the bench and never say die attitude and great spirit always had the team believing they could take something from the game. As we now enter the last third of the season this could still prove to be a very vital point against a team who belied their league position.


allan maitland after clyde game

We knew today we were going to face a Clyde side which would be far different from the one which their league position shows, and they were excellent today. They were the better side for the majority of the game, I think we had a 25 minute spell in the second half when we pinned them back but even during that spell they still created chances. They went behind, probably against the run of play, our goalkeeper had great saves to keep us in the first half and we found ourselves in a situation where we never found the pace of the game, sometimes you look at games and you think – Clyde are bottom of the league and we are at home and it will be an easy game and I was trying to stress this before the game, but today we were not playing the Clyde team who are bottom of the league, that team has vanished after the new players who have recently joined the club, they have brought good players in and showed how good they can be with a tremendous second goal today to go 2-1 ahead, if they had scored the penalty they might have secured the game and even when Willie Sawyers had a late chance as well but equally we hit the bar, hit the post, their keeper had at least two magnificent saves in the game and it took an absolute wonder goal for us from David McClune to maintain our unbeaten run, even although we didn’t play well and I am disappointed with a lot of aspects in the game, I was not disappointed with our attitude, we kept fighting till the end and it was probably a very exciting game to watch if you were a neutral, two open teams both trying to win the game and there were two fantastic goals in the game as well today, but if Clyde play like that they will not be far away and will drag themselves back up the league, for our point of view, we will need to improve if we want to win anything this season, our goalkeeper was outstanding today and was named Man of the match, which shows how much we had to do to get a point today. We were frustrated we didn’t get a penalty ourselves and again when the lineman asked for the Clyde penalty to be retaken, but that’s football you just have to get on with it.


Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa