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    Wasps ease to victory 

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:42:16 PM

    Alloa played hosts to Highland League side Fort William in their first ever fixture as they started their pre season action. Iain Flannigan was captain on this occasion with both Graeme Holmes and Jason Marr currently on holiday. The Wasps showed their intent right from the kick-off and were 3-0 ahead inside the first twenty minutes, Isaac Layne looked particularly sharp firstly gaining a penalty when he was fouled after catching the defence hesitating. Captain Iain Flannigan took the kick, although Isaac looked keen to step forward. Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Isaac Layne again burst into the box and fired confidently past the Fort William keeper. The third goal came after more Alloa pressure which resulted in another corner, Iain Flannigan's cross was met by Andy Graham, who knocked the ball home at the second attempt after the keeper had saved his first effort. Although Alloa debutant keeper Neil Parry was not troubled, the hosts did have an opportunity to pull a goal back when their striker Barna Tot broke clear but then blasted over the bar. Alloa could have increased their lead before the end of the first half, Jim Goodwin's header came back off the crossbar and another debutant, Jon Robertson struck a free kick, which came back off the post.

    Alloa continued to press and attacked down both wings, creating numerous chances, but credit to Fort William and their keeper Douglas MacLennan who pulled off numerous saves to keep the score down. In the second half manager Jack Ross made five changes which had an effect on the game, giving him time to see other options before matches on Wednesday against Dunfermline Athletic & Dundee on Friday evening.

    Alloa Athletic Team - 1. Neil Parry 2. Scott Taggart 3. Calum Waters 4. Andy Graham 5. Ryan Hoggan 6. Jim Goodwin 7. Iain Flannigan 8. Jon Robertson 9. Isaac Layne 10. Jamie Longworth 11. Steven Hetherington.  Subs: 12. Jordan Kirkpatrick 14. Greig Spence (9) 45m 15. Kevin Cawley (5) 45m 16. Lewis Wilson (3) 78m 17. Trialist - Lewis Baker (11) 73m 18. Trialist - Ross McKinnon (6) 65m GK - Trialist - Craig McDowall.

    Captains exchange pennants at start of match
    Iain Flannigan has just given The Wasps the lead 1-0
    Isaac Layne was in terrific form with direct runs at defence
    Jim Goodwin strolled through match, great will to win
    Wasps favourite Greig Spence returned for 3rd spell at club
    Jamie Longworth made debut, created great chances
    Another favourite Kevin Cawley returns to the club
    End of first of Pre season matches
     
     

     



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