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    Momentum maintained 

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:07:40 AM
    Victory yesterday against full time side Airdrieonians was important in the fact it kept the winning momentum going and the confidence up. In truth it was a game of very few chances, Jordan Kirkpatrick returning to the side after injury had the first shot of the game which was pushed over the bar, but we have to wait until three minutes before half-time before Greig Spence tested the keeper at his near post. Airdrie had come closest to opening the scoring after Joe Gorman's header from a corner came off the woodwork, two minutes into the second half Neil Parry made a point blank save from a Jack Leitch effort. Alloa should have went ahead with the best move of the game when Greig Spence played in Dylan Mackin, but the strikers low shot was saved by Airdrie keeper. However a poor clearance from the home keeper Rohan Ferguson was punished by the alert Jordan Kirkpatrick who fired home from 25 yards to give "The Wasps" the lead.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick scores 16th goal of season
    Airdrie tried to snatch an equaliser as they fought to try and gain the 3rd or 4th play-off position with so many clubs still with a chance to clinch a place. Indeed it was Jordan Kirkpatrick who went closest to scoring again in the closing minutes in an Alloa breakaway.
    Calum Waters and Iain Russell in challenge

    Walking Football  

    Friday, April 21, 2017 5:28:41 PM

    Play Off place clinched  

    Monday, April 17, 2017 5:59:25 PM
    "The Wasps" emphatically clinched 2nd place in the league and booked their play-off position after a resounded 6-1 victory over Brechin City at the Indodrill Satium on Saturday. The victory by six goals to one, is "The Wasps" biggest victory since defeating Elgin City 8-1 to clinch promotion on 7th April, 2012 when Stevie May scored four goals. Greig Spence with his double on Saturday which takes him onto 23 goals is now only three goals short of the best ever scoring record which stands at 26 in last 50 years. The record was set by Charlie Lytwyn in Season 1988/89 and equalled by Martin Cameron in Season 1999/2000, the closest to beating total was Willie Irvine with 24 goals in Season 1997/98. It was the perfect performance from Jim Goodwin's team who were positive from the first whistle, even going behing, totally against the run of play did not stop his side from clinching their biggest victory of the season and clinch their play-off place with three games remaining.
    Stefan McCluskey heads in Wasps first goal v. Brechin
    Greig Spence puts The Wasps ahead 2-1
    Jason Marr makes it 3-1 after 47 minutes
    Greig Spence makes in 4-1 with his 23rd goal of season
    Iain Flannigan scores from free kick 5-1
    Iain Flannigan rounds off scoring making it 6-1

    End of Unbeaten Run 

    Sunday, April 09, 2017 9:23:16 AM

    “The Wasps” could not spoil Livingston winning the league title at Almondvale on Saturday, although it was the visitors who started the game better and could have been two goals ahead in the opening five minutes, firstly Jordan Kirkpatrick had a shot which came back off the post, before Dylan Mackin’s header also struck the far post but the opening would prove to be so vital and it was an ex Alloa Athletic player, Scott Pittman who struck an unstoppable strike from 30-35 yards to give Livingston the lead against the run of play. Goals change games and Livingston having started very nervously stepped up a gear. The second goal early in the second half gave Alloa a mountain to climb and credit to the team who battled on and Dylan Mackin was rewarded with a headed goal to reduce the deficit. This was just after Liam Buchanan had missed a penalty for Livingston, his effort striking the post. The game ended 2-1 to Livingston and David Hopkin’s side deservedly won the title, ending Alloa’s ten game unbeaten run.

    Jordan Kirkpatrick's shot comes back off the post
    Kelly gets down to save from Kevin Cawley
    Scott Piittman (8) shot gives Livingston the lead
    Dylan Mackin heads in "The Wasps" goal
    Dylan's goal nestles in back of the net


    Too many draws 

    Sunday, April 02, 2017 5:11:57 PM
    Too many draws this season have cost "The Wasps" in their bid to win the league, Saturday's 1-1 draw against Albion Rovers was the club's 3rd successive draw against Darren Young's side in a game Alloa played good passing football and dominated possession, especially in the second half, but lack of penetration in the final third of the pitch and Rovers content to sit behind the ball made for another frustrating draw, the club's eleventh of the season.
    Greig Spence with early chance, heads over the bar
    Jordan Kirkpatrick scores 25 yard strike after 21 minutes
    Alloa Athletic players celebrate opening goal
    Rovers keeper Stewart saves Andy Graham header
    Greig Spence can't get shot away before last ditch tackle
    Pain on Andy Graham's face as Wasps lose goal on 45 minutes
    Credit to the Alloa players who keep trying, looking for the elusive second goal, Scott Taggart provided plenty crosses into the box but on the day missed Dylan Mackin's presence and height in the area. We will now travel to Livingston next Saturday knowing that a point is all Livingston require to be crowned Champions.
    Rovers keeper at full stretch to keep ball out of net
    Frank McKeown's header beats the keeper but goes inches past
    Andy Graham with final last gasp attempt which was saved

    Team Noble 

    Friday, March 31, 2017 5:52:45 PM

    Tomorrow’s match sponsors are Caesar & Howie, The central Scotland Law Group, two of their guests will be firefighters who are going to be rowing the Atlantic Ocean this year for the fire fighters charity as part of “Team Noble” (after John Noble who lost his life in an RTC whilst responding to an emergency call at a local primary school).

    Caesar & Howie are sponsors of this venture (along with others)  “Two former Alloa Fire Fighters Kristopher Elliot and Allan Huntly are set to take on the challenge of a lifetime this December as they attempt to row 3,000 nautical miles across the vast Atlantic ocean in theTalisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Rowers start the challenge in small 23ft rowing boats in La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, and finish in Antigua, West Indies.  Currently fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have travelled into space or climbed Mount Everest. Kris and Allan are raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity in memory of former Alloa Watch Manager John Noble, who was killed in the line of duty in 2008. They have named themselves Team Noble in Johns Memory.

    You can follow their journey or make a donation via Facebook by following @TeamNoble2017 or on their Website at team-noble.org”

    Succesful Sportsman's Dinner 

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:56:37 PM

    The club held its 19th Sportsman’s Dinner last Saturday 25th March, 2017 at The Dunmar House Hotel, Alloa. The speakers were Willie Henderson the ex-Rangers FC Legend, who is a man with a story to tell, his highly amusing tales of his experiences with the other players, managers and referees of his golden age had the audience fixed on his every word. He was complemented by Jim Morrison a retired plumber from Ayrshire whose off the cuff one liners and general humor had the audience in stitches. This was the club’s 19th Sportsman’s Dinner and a very successful event on the evening.

    Alloa Athletic FC Directors with speakers Willie Henderson (Front Left) & Jim Morrison (Front Right).


    Late goal killer 

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:53:08 AM
    Last week was a week of mixed emotions, scoring a last minute winner at Glebe Park in midweek to secure all three points against Brechin City, making the drive back down the road in the evening more enjoyable but then being hit with a very late equaliser against a stubborn Queen’s Park side which felt like a defeat, this was a game which “The Wasps” should have had out of sight in the second half but a one goal margin at any level of football can always be overturned and we paid the ultimate price for not scoring a third goal and extending our lead.
    Iain Flannigan puts Alloa in front, 1 - 0
    Jordan Kirkpatrick shots for goal
    Scott Taggart heads "The Wasps" 2-1 ahead
    Andy Graham solid in defence
    Jim Goodwin cannot believe Queen's score late equaliser

    Supporters Survey 

    Monday, March 20, 2017 2:49:02 PM
    Supporters Direct Scotland has launched its Scottish Football Supporters Survey for 2017 – with a clear message to Wasps fans: your voice is heard.
    Officially recognised as the lead supporters group in Scotland by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) and the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA), Supporters Direct Scotland has established a formal means to engage with the game’s key decision makers and represent fans’ views.

    Outcomes from 2016 were formally presented to the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board and the Scottish FA Congress, the latter of which includes representatives from all areas of football in Scotland.

    You can read more about the results of the 2016 survey, and the resulting “asks” by visiting www.scottishsupporters.net.

    This year’s survey covers issues that affect the national game, how football is governed and now also includes more specific club-related questions following a new consultation with supporters and clubs themselves.

     Supporters who participate can enter a free draw to win tickets to Scotland’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England on 10 June.


    The survey is open until 2 April 2017.

    Points Shared 

    Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:13:12 PM
    The Wasps recorded only their second 0-0 draw of the season in a tightly contested game which lacked clear cut chances at either at Methil today. Both teams have been in good form, "The Wasps" having won their last 4 games, while East Fife had only lost once in the league since ex Alloa Athletic manager, Barry Smith took charge in middle of December, 2016.
    The game marked Alloa Athletic striker Greig Spence making his 100th first team appearances for the club and it was no surprise that the top goalscorer came closest to opening the scoring in the first half but his shot after being closed down by Ross Brown went over the bar.
    Greig Spence makes 100th appearance for "The Wasps"
    Greig Spence goes close to opening the scoring
    Although dominating for long periods in second half, chances were at a premium at both ends, manager Jim Goodwin using all three substitutes as he  tried to win the game.
    Frank McKeown adds his height to try and push for winner
    Indeed in time added on East Fife came closest to breaking the deadlock when Jason Kerr's header was cleared off the line by Scott Taggart to make sure the points were shared.
    Scott Taggart heads Jason Kerr header off the line.
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