Alloa Match Preview

We have a crunch match away at Alloa this weekend. With four games to go, both sides are joint on 35 points and sit just outside the Championship relegation places.

The hosts have been a bit of bogie team for us this season and hold the upper hand in terms of results, with two wins and a draw. Stephen Dobbie scored a hat-trick as we came back from three down to take a share of the points in our first meeting in October. But Jim Goodwin's side won two - nil on their own patch in December and then in our last meeting in February, Kyle Jacobs cancelled out Andy Graham's opener only for Jordan Kirkpatrick to snatch a winner in injury time.

After being unbeaten in three, we go into the game on the back of a defeat away at Ayr in midweek. Manager, Gary Naysmith has been looking back on that game and ahead to Saturday.

"On the back of three decent performances and good results, we were all down after the game on Tuesday night.

The players are an honest group of lads and didn't need to be told that the first half performance was no where near the level that we know they can perform at. And to lose Stephen so early on was a real blow to us. But we asked for a reaction at half time and we got it in the second half. The disappointing thing from the second forty-five minutes is that we didn't convert at least one of the chances that we had.

But that game is in the past now and we move on to Saturday.

Alloa are full of confidence after three wins in a row. As the part time team, they are the one side down the bottom of the table who are playing with no pressure. They have been excellent this season and have picked up results and deserve a lot of credit.

The first game between us was a strange game, with them racing into a three goal lead and then having to hold on as we came back at them. There is no doubt they deserved to win the game up there but the last time we meet was a real sore one to take. Jim was honest enough to hold his hands up and say we didn't deserve to lose.

But it's a new game, they will come out of the traps fired up and we will have to match or better that. And we have to remember that three points would move us away from them again with three games to go.

There is no doubt that It's a big game for both teams.

Stephen tore his hamstring on Tuesday night, we are still assessing the extent of the tear but he will not be available for Alloa. Nicky Low and Alan Martin are also still missing but Fraser Aird will be back in the squad".

The match has a 3pm kick off at the Indodrill Stadium and ticket prices are:

Adults: £17
Senior Citizens (over 65): £9
Juvenile (under 16): £4