Saturday, October 3, 2009

Match Report: Alloa Athletic v East Fife (Scottish 2nd Division)

Wow. Another draw. It's getting to be quite unbelievable. Eight league games played, two wins, one defeat, five draws, a goal difference of zero and joint 4th in the league. Let's be honest. If we'd been offered that record as we approach the end of the first quarter of the season, at the start of the season, we'd probably have bitten the offering hand off.

The game was played in horrendous conditions at Alloa's Recreation Park today, on a day which saw several matches postponed across Scotland due to the high winds. Both teams struggled and a point apiece isn't too bad to be coming away with.

Despite Alloa's surprisingly good start to the season, hopes were high amongst the Fife faithful of another good result in Alloa, which has proved a pretty happy hunting ground of late.

Both sides struggled but it will be Alloa who will be rueing both missed opportunities, a possible penalty not given and a disallowed goal, as they sought to keep the pressure up on leaders Stirling Albion.

Andy Scott had the best chance for the home side in the first half but was denied by a brilliant save from Stewart Baillie in the East Fife goal.

Alloa were again the better team in the second half and looked to have a decent penalty shout when Guy Kerr looked to have brought down Mark Gilhaney in the box, but the referee waved play on.

The Wasps thought they'd snatched the winning goal later in the half when Scott Walker had the ball in the net, but the ref ruled it out for a push.

From an East Fife point of view, it was great to see another clean sheet for Stewart Baillie, who has yet to concede a competitive goal in his East Fife career to date. Sure it's only two games, but it's better than the gifts Michael Brown has been giving away this season!

It was all a bit of punt and rush from us and we didn't really create a decent scoring chance. The sooner we get some of the injured players back, the better.

With the addition of ex Dundee United midfield starlet Jamie McCunnie to the squad, the signs are there that Stevie Crawford could have an exciting squad on his hands. Their youth will surely come into play as the season progresses and some of the teams with older players will suffer from their fatigued legs. We're badly needing a skillful and attacking midfielder, so hopefully McCunnie will give us that.

Onwards and upwards, but we need to try to make some of these draws into wins or we're going to get dragged into the wrong end of the table.

FINAL SCORE: ALLOA ATHLETIC 0 - 0 EAST FIFE

ATT: 580

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