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    Craig McDowall departs 

    Monday, August 21, 2017 5:37:04 AM

    The club have reluctantly agreed to release goalkeeper Craig McDowall from his contract this morning. Craig after starting the season as number 1 keeper, due to Neil Parry being still on holiday, Craig now wants to push for first team football and not be sitting on the bench on match days. Craig in his two spells with the club made 55 first team appearances and everyone connected with the club wish him well in finding another new challenge.

    Craig McDowall v. Montrose in Betfred Cup

     

    Queen's Park Preview 

    Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:16:56 AM

    Manager Previews today's game v. Queen's Park

    We welcome you to come along to the Indodrill for this afternoons game against Queens Park.

    I would like to start by welcoming Gus McPherson, his staff and players and everyone else connected to their club who have made the trip today.

    Our last home game was a tough encounter against one of the league favourites Raith Rovers. I thought the team was excellent on the day, the first half particularly. We played some exciting, attacking football and the lads in attacking areas looked to be relishing the challenge of breaking down a good Raith defence. We had a couple of opportunities to kill the game off at 1-0 but unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalise and Raith eventually hit us with a late sucker punch in the dying moments of the game. What might have been a very good point before the game suddenly felt like a defeat! The lads took a lot of confidence from the game and I think it goes to show if we reach the levels we are capable of consistently we will be in for a very positive campaign.

     

    Last weekend’s game on the other hand was a huge disappointment. I thought the game as a whole was very poor lacking any real quality. East Fife set out to frustrate us from the first minute by getting a lot of numbers behind the ball and trying to hit us on the counter attack. In games like that the first goal is always vital, and I felt that if we had got it then we would have went on to score two or three. Defensively as a unit the boys were great and Neil Parry only had two saves to make all afternoon. Of course we don’t like losing and we spoke after the game about how when games are scrappy like Saturdays was then we need to be coming away with at least a point. I think over the whole piece a draw would have been a fair result but unfortunately we weren’t able to convert any of the late chances that came our way.

    Today is another difficult game against a very well organised and hard working team. Queens Park are coming off the back of a 5-2 defeat last weekend and no doubt Gus will be looking for a huge reaction from his players. We will have to match their commitment and effort firstly which is something our boys never shy away from. We have discussed in previous meetings as a group how we want to make our home patch a difficult place for opposition teams to come, as we did against Raith Rovers last week.

    You the supporters played your part and we ask for more of the same today.

    Thanks as always and please continue to drive the boys on.

    Jim.

     

     

     

     

    Victory at Dens Park 

    Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:41:39 AM
    "The Wasps" were delighted to record their first competitive victory this season and score four goals away from home with Craig Malcolm delighted to score twice, the opening goal after 11 minutes and late on sealing the victory after Adam Martin set him up.
    Craig Malcolm opens the scoring
     
    The Wasps started the game very impressively and were three goals up after 33 minutes, at this stage the young Dundee Colts were chasing shadows but siv minutes from the break Matthew Henvey scored a fantastic long range goal totally out of the blue. This gave Dundee more confidence and to their credit thety started the second half on the front foot. Ten minutes from the end Matthew Henvey scored his second of the evening - game on again and a frantic end to the game. Alloa substitute Adam Martin broke down the left wing and his cross into the box was met by the onrushing Craig Malcolm to score his second goal of the night and clinch the victory for "The Wasps".
    Craig Malcom makes it 4 - 2
     
    The Wasps will now go into todays draw at the Falkirk Wheel
     

    Irn Bru Cup Tie  

    Monday, August 14, 2017 6:32:31 AM

    "The Wasps" travel to Dens Park, Dundee on Wednesday evening to face Dundee Colts in the Irn Bru Cup First Round Tie. Admission to this game will be - Adults £ 10 and concessions £ 5. Entrance for visiting Alloa Athletic fans is in the Main Stand using entrance 31 or 32.

    The match officials will be - Referee: Stephen Brown, Assistants: Garry Farmer & Gordon McCabe.

    First goal crucial 

    Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:56:37 PM

    The first goal at Methil on Saturday was always going to be crucial, in the first half home keeper Ryan Goodfellow made crucial saves - Callum Crane was first to go close, when his cross was palmed away but fell to safety.

    Ryan Goodfellow pushes away Callum Crane effort
     
    Craig Malcolm was next to go close with a header, the keeper making a point blank save from an Iain Flannigan pin point cross which looked netbound, the game at this stage was going from end to end. Jon Robertson went close with an effort from the edge of the box, but the best effort of the first half fell to Paul Willis from East Fife but his shot was saved by Neil Parry.
    Craig Malcolm is crowded out by East Fife defenders
    Alan Cook is held back as he tries to get into the box
     
    The first goal in this game was always going to be crucial and on 56 minutes Greg Hurst was on hand to tap home after Neil Parry had palmed out initial danger. This gave the home side something to hold on to and as much as "The Wasps" pushed for an equaliser, nothing was falling for the strikers.
    Substitute Kris Renton looking for direct shot on goal
    Garry Fleming battles with Kyle Wilson at Methil
     
    Although Alloa had lots of possession in the final quarter of the game as the home side sat back, nothing was falling or breaking to the strikers in front of goal. Late in the game in one of the visitors attacks on the home defence Allan Crane's header went close landing on top of the net.
    Kris Renton & Callum Crane watch the ball land on the top of the net.
     
     
     
     

    Late goal rescuses point for Raith  

    Tuesday, August 08, 2017 3:42:31 PM

    "The Wasps" went so close to the perfect start in the opening Ladbrokes League 1 fixture against Raith Rovers on saturday at the Indodrill Stadium. Jim Goodwin's side started the game very positively and took the game to one of the favourites for promotion this season, Raith Rovers, who included ex Alloa Athletic strikers Greig Spence and Liam Buchanan. Alloa manager included Callum Crane in his line up, signed on loan from Hibernian having only met his new team mates at 1.30 on day of the match.

    The Wasps took the lead after 16 minutes when Scott Taggart set up the opening for Kevin Cawley who fired home his 46th goal for the club.
    Scott Taggart sets up Kevin Cawley...........
    before Kevin Cawley fires The Wasps in front
    Cawley's shot flies past Lennox into the net 1 - 0.
     
    As the first half drew to a close Raith Rovers came close to an equaliser, Neil Parry saved from Lewis Vaughan before Greig Spence stuck the post. Craig Malcolm was leading the line well for "The Wasps" making his home league debut after beinh injuried at Dingwall in opening Betfred Cup game of the season, indeed he came close to increasing "The Wasps" lead with header which just crept past the post.
     
    Craig Malcom impressive league debut
     
    The Kirkcaldy side started to dominate possession but had few clear chances on goal. Indeed Kevin Cawley had a great chance to seal the victory for the home side with only two minutes remaining, after breaking through into the box he was denied by Raith Rovers keeper Aaron Lennox at his near post, a save which was to prove crucial.
    Chance to extend lead with 2 minutes left
     
    It was to be a cruel end to the game for the homeside, inside time added on, their keeper launched a long ball upfield which broke to the alert Lewis Vaughan to score his fifth goal of the season and grab a point for the visitors. It felt like a defeat losing such a late goal but on the balance of play in the second half, Raith Rovers never gave in and probably deserved a share of the points.
     
    Jim Goodwin cannot hide his disappointment
     

    Manager previews Raith Rovers game 

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 3:20:06 AM

    Good afternoon and welcome along to the Indodrill Stadium for this afternoons opening league fixture against Raith Rovers.

     I would like to start by welcoming Barry Smith, his staff and players. Barry has assembled a very good squad and will no doubt be expecting to challenge at the top end of the table throughout the campaign. They are a very big club in this league and are justifiably among the favourites to win the league. We have prepared as always for a difficult game and know we will have to be at our best to get the season off to a positive start.

     I am pleased to finally get the league campaign up and running and delighted that the lads have come through the BetFred Cup unscathed. Of course we would like to still be involved in that competition but we all knew how difficult the task was going to be with the likes of Ross County and Hibs in our group. Although I enjoy the format of the competition I think it is heavily weighted to ensure the “big” teams have every chance of progressing. In a one off game against a premiership team I think there is the possibility of pulling off a shock, but when they have another three games to recover it makes it very difficult. I think this has been proven by the lack of lower league teams progressing! Last season the Premiership teams seemed to treat it more like an opportunity to get players fit whereas this year they have definitely taken it more seriously. That was certainly Jim McIntyres views after our game in Dingwall.

     I was really pleased with our last performance against Hibs. Of course we weren’t happy to lose the game, but as a group we felt we played better than the result suggested. The lads were brave on the ball in possession and defended well for the majority of the game. Hibs are a team full of Internationals with a budget we could only dream of, so overall I was proud of the players efforts and glad that we could take so many positive aspects from the game in to this last weeks training in preparation for the game today.

     The players have worked their socks off over the last 7 weeks to make sure they are ready and available for today and are just as excited as you are for the season ahead. I believe I have assembled a squad good enough to compete and am lucky to have great experience and leadership throughout, with some very exciting young talent coming through the system as well. If we apply ourselves properly and play to the levels we’re capable of we will be a match for anyone.

    Starting today it is vital we make our home patch a fortress, where opposing teams hate to come! They need to know they will always be in for a difficult game against a team that will fight and scrap for every ball. We will try and be a team that plays good football but if needs must we won’t be afraid to roll our sleeves up and do the dirty side of the game. You will see a team passionate, determined and 100% committed. The players will give you everything, just like they do in every training session, and hopefully with a bit of luck along the way that will be enough to ensure we are a success this season.

    Finally I would like to thank you the supporters. I know I have said it before but you really can make a difference. Please continue to give our players the positive encouragement they need and play your part in making our stadium a fortress where opposition players don’t enjoy coming.

    As a group we will do all we can to give you a team to be proud of.

    Thanks again and enjoy the game.

    Jim Goodwin

    Callum Crane joins from Hibs 

    Friday, August 04, 2017 2:07:02 PM

    Manager Jim Goodwin has strengthened his squad today, bringing in Hibernian defender Callum Crane on a Development Loan until 15th January, 2018. Callum who is now 21, has progressed through the Youth Academy at Easter Road and made his first team debut at the end of last season.

    Better display v. Hibs 

    Sunday, July 30, 2017 6:49:33 AM

    Jim Goodwin and the players can be proud of their performance yesterday against a Hibernian side who are clearly in a rich vien of form and will look to impose themselves on the Premier League this season, this was a huge improvement from "The Wasps" after the disappoinment at Links Park. Losing an early goal after only fifteen minutes could have unsettled the players but to their credit they stuck to their task and were unlucky not to equalise when Alan Cook had his netbound shot cleared off the line by Hibernian captain Darren McGregor.

    Alan Cook goes close to equaliser
    ...but his shot is cleared off the line
     
    The second goal which made it an uphill task was questionable on two accounts, firstly Jon Robertson was fouled in the middle of the park before Hibernian broke and Simon Murray appeared to handle the ball as he scored the goal.
    Was it hand ball?
     
    Martin Boyle hand been a handful all day for the Alloa defence and it was him who set up all three goals, the third a bullet header by Simon Murray. "The Wasps" had one last chance when Kris Renton was allowed to break through but his chip shot was saved by keeper Ofir Marciano.
    Kris Renton with late opportunity
    Adam Martin is held back by Slivka Vykintas

    Jim Goodwin previews Hibs game 

    Friday, July 28, 2017 7:32:11 PM

    Jim Goodwin previews Hibs game

    Good afternoon and welcome along to the Indodrill for the final fixture of our Bet Fred group games against a very good Hibs team. Of course as always we welcome our opposition’s staff, players and supporters and wish them well in their upcoming league campaign in the Premier League. Neil Lennon has done a great job since taking over and will no doubt be looking for his team to carry on their good form from last season into the new campaign that lies ahead. We know how difficult the game is going to be today and are aware we will have to be at our best to ensure a positive result.

    The Betfred has been extremely disappointing from our own point of view and we don’t feel as if we  have given a good enough account of ourselves over the last couple of weeks. We always knew how difficult the group was going to be when we saw ourselves been drawn with two Premiership teams in Ross County and Hibsbut I still felt we had enough to potentially cause an upset and pick up enough points to give ourselves a fighting chance. That hasn’t been the case and it has certainly given us some things to work on and discuss as a group. Sometimes it is good that mistakes are highlighted now at this stage of the season so that we can work on the training ground to eradicate them in time for the league campaign. I make no apologies for saying the league is our priority but we are aware of the financial boost a good cup run can give to the club and unfortunately this cup run hasn't been good enough!

    We need to give our all today to finish the Betfredwith a positive result and take confidence from this game into next week in our opening League fixture against Raith Rovers. I hope you all turn out in good numbers and bring a friend along too to get behind the boys. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.

    Enjoy the game and thanks again.

    Jim.

     

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