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    Wasps up to third 

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 4:26:41 PM

    A Kris Renton double saw "The Wasps" get back on track with a vital three league points before going into a very busy festive season. Losing our last two matches 2-1 to the top two sides in the division in itself might not be too surprising but in both games the players deserved more out of the games as the team didn't play badly and on another day would have picked up points.

    PJ Crossan caused problems for Forfar defence
     
    Prior to the match Iain Flannigan was ruled out with a virus infection  and striker Kris Renton started the match, his first start since 14th October v. Stranraer at Stair Park. PJ Crossan was causing the Forfar defence problems with his pace and Forfar defender Jamie Bain went into the referee's book after only two minutes.
    Patrick Clegg gets to rips with Kevin Cawley
     
    In an extremely cold day at Station Park chances were at a premium, Dylan Easton came close with a shot which struck the woodward before Andy Graham's header was cleared off the line.
    Andy Graham's header is cleared off the line
    Last ditch clearance off the line
     
    The breakthrough came in the 67th minute when PJ Crossan crossed for Kris Renton to knock home the opening goal.
     
    Kris Renton opens the scoring
     
    Three minutes from time Kris Renton was again on the scoresheet heading home his second goal of the day, his fifth goal of the season.
     
    Kris Renton heads home his second goal
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Alan Cook out on loan 

    Friday, December 08, 2017 2:20:33 PM

    Alan Cook, who joined "The Wasps" from Stenhousemuir last close season has rejoined the Ochilview club on a 28 day emergency loan deal until the 5th January, 2018. In his short time at the Indodrill stadium Alan made 10 first team starts and another 5 from the bench.

    Cruel end to game 

    Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:26:12 PM

    Losing such a late injury time goal to Ayr United for the second time this season was hard to take and very cruel on a very good Alloa performance which the players did not deserve to be on the losing side. The visitors took an early lead after only 4 minutes when Michael Moffat headed home.

    Michael Moffat heads home opening goal
     
    Alloa battled back in a first half which both sides had opportunities to score, Jon Robertson hit the top of the bar with an effort before Ayr captain Ross Docherty cleared off the line with Kevin Cawley looking to score at the back post, Alloa did have the ball in the net but PJ Crossan was flagged offside.
     
    Docherty does enough to stop Cawley scoring equaliser
     
    In the second half playing towards their favoured Clackmanan Road end of the ground "The Wasps" eventually got the equalising goal they deserved, when Scott Taggart fired home at the second attempt to score his third goal of the season.
    Scott Taggart makes it 1-1
     
    If anything at this stage in the game nobody could deny Alloa were looking like the team who could win the game and came close to getting in front with three minutes to go Kevin Cawley watched as his shot hit the outside of the post and run to safety. With time running out Alloa were awarded a free kick just outside the box to the right of centre, both Iain Flannigan and Alan Cook stood over the ball and with most Alloa people in the ground hoping Iain Flannigan could repeat some of his free kick winners in the past, Alan Cook hit the free kick into the Ayr United wall and the opportunity was lost.
     
    However worse was to follow as Ayr themselves were awarded a free kick and quickly launched the ball upfield where their top goalscorer Craig Moore seized on the opportunity to score his 16th goal of the season and Ayr's 67th competitive goal this season to win the points.
     
    Craig Moore scores winner in time added on
     
     
     

     

     

    Match Programme v. Ayr  

    Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:41:46 AM

    It is regretable to report that there will be no match programme available at today's match against Ayr United. After considerable work to produce today's issue of "The Wasp" and being printed in good time, the programme has been lost by the carrier and will not be available as normal.

    The carrier UPS cannot trace the parcel even although we have the tracking number to follow the progress of the consignment.

    Apologies to all supporters of Alloa Athletic & Ayr United, it is believed the parcel might arrive on Monday!

    A football match without a match programme is not the same.

    16 Days of Action 

    Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:35:35 AM

    The 16 Days of Action

    Alloa Athletic Football Club is once again proud to work with local partners during the 16 Days of Action Campaign.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of issues such as domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, human trafficking & forced marriage.  We know that men can be subjected to many of these issues, as can people in same sex relationships, however in the vast majority of cases these acts are carried out by men against women.

     There were 1797 Crimes of domestic abuse recorded in Forth Valley Division in 2016, with 377 coming from the Clackmannanshire area alone. It is important to note that these figures should be regarded as the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as many women – and men - living with domestic abuse are too scared to tell anyone about what is happening to them.

     If you would like to speak to someone about domestic abuse, call the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 027 1234.  Calls are free and confidential.

     If you are concerned that your own behaviour is abusive – and you want help to stop – call the Respect helpline on 0808 802 4040, http://respectphoneline.org.uk/  or contact

    Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 – to speak to someone about your behaviour.

    Why not visit the White Ribbon Scotland website and pledge never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women?      www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk

    Wasps draw Dundee United 

    Monday, November 20, 2017 3:21:15 PM

    The draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round took place in Glasgow earlier tonight at the Sky Sports studios. The Wasps have been drawn against Dundee United for the second time this season in a cup competition having already played in opposition in the Irn-Bru Cup 2nd Round at Tannadice on 2nd September, when United clinched the game in the final minute of the game.

    Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin is pleased with the home tie, "We gave a good account of ourselves at Tannidice in the Irn Bru Cup and we hope to put in a similar performance this time round on our own pitch. We'll be underdogs on the day but we all know upsets can happen in the cup and we have to believe we are capable of causing one of our own in the next round."

    William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round draw

    Aberdeen v St. Mirren

    Albion Rovers v St. Johnstone

    Alloa Athletic v Dundee United

    Ayr United v Arbroath

    Celtic v Brechin City

    Dundee v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Dunfermline Athletic v Greenock Morton

    East Fife v Brora Rangers

    Formartine United v Cove Rangers

    Fraserburgh v Rangers

    Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian

    Kilmarnock v Ross County

    Livingston v Falkirk

    Montrose or Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

    Motherwell v Hamilton Accies

    Peterhead v Dumbarton 

    Ties to be played on the weekend of Saturday 20/21 January 2018

     

    Wasps edge derby 

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 6:37:24 PM

    The Wasps progressed into the draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round draw which will take place at 4.45pm Live on Sky News tomorrow, Alloa will be Ball number 3. However it took a second half comeback to progress against local rivals Stenhousemuir at Ochilview on Saturday. The home side took the lead after 27 minutes when Nicki Paterson was on hand to score his first goal for "The Warriors"

    Stenhousemuir take the lead after 27 minutes
     
    The home side had started brighter and deserved their lead, Craig Malcolm did come close minutes later when his header came back off the crossbar but Stenhousemuir were the better side in the first half and came close to adding a second when ex Wasp Jamie Longworth tapped home only to be flagged offside.
    Craig Malcolm's header comes back off cross bar
    Jamie Longworth is flagged offside
     
    Jim Goodwin's side started the second half more positively and after five minutes were level, Steven Hetherington's cross found the alert Craig Malcolm who beat the keeper to score the equalising goal 1-1.
     
    Craig Malcolm scores equaliser 1-1
     
    This was "The Wasps" best spell in the game and Craig Malcolm doubled his tally in the game, his fourth goal four matches, when again he beat home keeper Chris Smith and fired high into the net to give "The Wasps" the lead.
     
    Craig Malcolm scores winning goal.
     
    The last time the teams had met in the Scottish Cup was back in season 2004/05 when goals from Andy Brown & Richard Walker had gave "The Wasps" at 2-1 victory which was again to be the scoreline on this occasion.
     
    Kevin Cawley had chance to increase lead
     
    Kevin Cawley might have increased the margin of the victory but was denied his 50th goal for the club on this occasion. Stenhousemuie ended the game strongly and made sure "The Wasps" did not enjoy an easy passage into the next round, Brown Ferguson's team would feel unfortunate they did not get an equalising goal as "The Wasps" progressed to the next round, ties scheduled for 20th & 21st January, 2018.
     
    Full time at Ochilview
     

     

     

    Four in a row 

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 6:03:36 PM

    The Wasps recorded their fourth back to back victory in the second quarter of the season defeating Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill Stadium 2-0, which is also their third back to back shut out. jim Goodwin's men got of to the perfect start, Iain Flannigan putting the vistors ahead after only 5 minutes.

    Iain Flannigan gives "The Wasps" the lead 1-0
     
    PJ Crossan then crashed a shot of the underside of the bar as "The Wasps" looked to extend their lead. The surface at Cliftonhill was challenging for both sides, Albion Rovers themselves having only won once a home in the league this season.
    Garry Fleming goes close
     
    In the second half Albion Rovers had lots of possesion but never really troubled  their ex keeper Neil Parry who was rock solid behind his defence.
     
    Neil Parry saves at feet of Connor Shields
     
    It seemed that Iain Flannigan's early goal was to be the only goal of the game before Kris Renton replaced Craig Malcolm with nine minutes left. The big striker chased down every ball and was unfortunate not to score two minutes from the end when his shot was cleared off the line after he chased down their keeper.
     
    Kris Renton shot cleared off the line
     
    However in time added on he blocked a clearance from Albion Rovers keeper Graham Bowman and the ball rebounded off him and past the stranded keeper to extend "The Wasps" lead.
     
    Alloa players celebrate with Kris Renton
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Wasps move up table 

    Sunday, November 05, 2017 7:05:50 PM

    Alloa Athletic moved up to third place in the Ladbrokes First Division after a 1-0 victory over Airdrieonians, their third back to back victory in the second quarter of the season. There was a minutes silence prior to kick-off in respect for George Ormiston the club's Honorary President who had died aged 87.

    Minutes silence for George Ormiston
     
    The Wasps took the lead four minutes prior to half-time when Craig Malcolm reacted first in the box to fire home his second goal in back to back matches.
     
    Craig Malcolm scores winning goal
     
    This is a game Alloa will look back on and wonder why they didn't score more goals such as the chances they had to extend their lead in the second half, including a penalty in the final minute which captain Andy Graham saw being saved by keeper Kyle Gourlay who is on loan to Airdrie from Dundee at present.
    Craig Gordon shot goes across face of goal
     
    Jon Robertson effort rises over the bar
     
    Fantastic effort by PJ Crossan which keeper Gourlay tips over
     
    Kyle Gourlay makes wonderful save
     
    Airdrienians best chance of the game came late in the game, Willis Furtado only denied by a Jon Robertson clearance off the line.
     
     
    As the game went into the final fifteen minutes Alloa looked certain to extend their lead but Airdrie stood firm, with the thanks to keeper Kyle Gourlay, currently on loan to the club from Dundee.
    Ball cleared off the line as Alloa pile on pressure
     
    PJ Crossan is fouled in box by Kieran MacDonald, penalty
     
    Kyle Gourlay saves Andy Graham's spot kick
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    George Ormiston 

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:33:54 PM

    Alloa Athletic Honorary President, George Ormiston died on Friday 28th October, 2017, Aged 87. Chairman Mike Mulraney said "Over the past half century George was the foundation on which our Club has been built, with over 50 years’ service as a club official he ensured that I, and all at Alloa,, understood what needed to be done to keep the Club at the heart of our community.  A man who could say so much with so few words he will be irreplaceable.  He was admired by not only everyone at Alloa, but by the whole of the Scottish footballing family, every Club has fond memories and a genuine respect for this great man, the flag will be half-mast with black armbands and a minutes silence at Saturdays game”

     George Ormiston (14.02.1930  -  28.10.2017)

    An Appreciation

    When I was approached by George in September 1985 and invited to take on his role as Club Secretary I was conscious that I would be stepping into the shoes of a man who had served in that role for over 30 years.  He was a former Club Chairman and held the role of Treasurer, a position in which he continued until approximately a month ago.  He had also served on the SFA Council from 1980 – 1982.

    In my early years in post I had the benefit of drawing on George’s vast experience.  As the years wore on he gradually slackened the reins and gave me a free hand while always maintaining an interest in my discharge of my responsibilities.

    It is no exaggeration to say that, family apart, George’s life revolved around the Club.  He was a daily visitor to “the Recs” – it was never the Indodrill to George – attending to the day to day financial aspects of running the Club.  Under his stewardship over 60 years the Club was always on a stable financial footing.  Even after George stepped down from the Board 5 years ago he maintained his daily visits.

    At the time of his standing down and in recognition of his service and his many years of wise counsel at Board meetings he was accorded the status of Honorary Club President, a title never before bestowed.  He accepted the award in his typical unassuming manner.

    With George’s passing the Club has lost a wonderful servant.  It has been a privilege for all of us at the Club to have known him and shared his love of Alloa Athletic F.C.

    Ewen G Cameron

    Director / Secretary

    The funeral will take place on Thursday 9th November, 2017 at 11.30am at Falkirk Crematorium.

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