Inflicting Alloa's first home defeat in 6 months
Report of match Alloa Athletic 0 Arbroath 1 played 23rd February 2013
Quite an achievement ..but can we get a result this Wednesday?
Sunday Mail: FRUSTRATED Alloa gaffer Paul Hartley is set to add some firepower to his side after they slumped to their first home defeat in six months.
A first-half strike from Derek Holmes was enough for Arbroath to grab the points and leapfrog Forfar into fourth.
But it was a dreadful day for second-top Wasps and Hartley said: “We need to move on quickly. We must roll our sleeves up and try to get back to the basic stuff.
“I can put up with a defeat but not the manner of performance. We need more from the front guys and I will hopefully bring in someone before the game at Arbroath on Wednesday.
“It was poor. We did not play like the way we can play. We just did not get going at all. We were pedestrian in our passing and tempo. There was just no spark
“I am not going to make any excuses. It was just really poor.”
Alloa were first to threaten when striker Kevin Cawley’s shot was deflected for a corner in six minutes.
Despite a disappointing recent run Arbroath were well up for it and Ryan McCord did well to block Holmes' drive before a Steven Doris drive spun off the legs of an Alloa player to fly over.
At the other end Cawley fired in a snap shot from eight yards but Arbroath No.1 Scott Morris saved.
Five minutes before the break Arbroath struck. A blistering drive from player-manager Paul Sheerin was blocked by keeper Scott Bain and Holmes was there to stick away the rebound from eight yards.
They almost extended their advantage in the second half when Mark Baxter crossed for Sheerin but his glancing header flashed inches over.
Alloa introduced Eddie Ferns in a bid to get back to the game and he had the chance to draw them level. He ballooned his try over, though.
Thrilled Sheerin – whose side were recording their second victory at Recreation Park this season – said: “It was a great win because our away form has been disappointing and we have conceded goals right, left and centre.
“To come to a place like this and pick up another three points is excellent. We had lost two games on the bounce and to win is a massive result for us.”
|Competition: Irn Bru Scottish Division Two Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Recreation Park Attendance: 451|
||0 - 1||Arbroath
|90+0||Marcus Watt decides to take a short corner.|
|90+0||Ross Chisholm fouled by Jason Marr, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Watt.|
|90+0||Mark Docherty goes into the book for dissent.|
|89||Martin Grehan challenges Alexander Keddie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Morrison takes the direct free kick.|
|88||Graham Bayne concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Marr. (Arbroath) makes a substitution, with Stuart Malcolm coming on for Michael Travis. Free kick taken by Scott Bain.|
|86||Corner taken left-footed by Mark Docherty, save by Scott Morrison.|
|83||Marcus Watt decides to take the corner short.|
|78||Steven Doris fouled by Stephen Simmons, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Morrison takes the free kick.|
|77||Foul by Ryan McCord on Marcus Watt, free kick awarded. Alexander Keddie takes the free kick.|
|77||Ryan McCord takes a shot. Save by Scott Morrison. Corner taken short by Edward Ferns.|
|75||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Marr by Graham Bayne. Jason Marr takes the direct free kick.|
|74||The ball is sent over by Mark Baxter, Headed effort from inside the area by Steven Doris misses to the left of the target.|
|73||Graeme Holmes is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Scott Morrison.|
|72||Corner taken by Marcus Watt from the left by-line.|
|69||Graham Bayne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Derek Holmes. Paul Sheerin leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Rennie.|
|68||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Docherty played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Doris. Mark Docherty takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Jason Marr on Derek Holmes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Morrison.|
|66||Paul Sheerin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Doyle. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Edward Ferns, save made by Scott Morrison.|
|61||Ross Chisholm gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan McCord. The ball is delivered by Ryan McCord, Jason Marr has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.|
|60||Ryan McCord concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Kerr. Paul Sheerin takes the direct free kick.|
|60||Mark Docherty concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Watt. Mark Baxter takes the direct free kick.|
|59||The ball is sent over by Mark Docherty, save by Scott Morrison.|
|59||Corner taken short by Mark Docherty.|
|58||The ball is sent over by Marcus Watt, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Paul Sheerin goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|56||Mark Docherty fouled by Marcus Watt, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Docherty takes the direct free kick.|
|52||Gavin Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Watt. Booking for Gavin Stokes for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Simmons replaces Gavin Stokes. Mitchel Megginson goes off and Martin Grehan comes on.|
|50||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Marr on Derek Holmes. Free kick taken by Brian Kerr.|
|49||Steven Doris challenges Graeme Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Docherty takes the free kick.|
|46||Gavin Stokes fouled by Derek Holmes, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Marr restarts play with the free kick.|
|44||The referee blows for offside against Derek Holmes. Mark Docherty takes the indirect free kick.|
|42||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Cawley by Brian Kerr. Ryan McCord has an effort direct from the free kick.|
|40||Derek Holmes gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Alloa 0-1 Arbroath.Assist by Paul Sheerin.|
|38||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Marr on Derek Holmes. Shot comes in from Mark Baxter from the free kick.|
|37||The ball is sent over by Mark Baxter, clearance made by Jason Marr.|
|31||Derek Holmes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Bain takes the free kick.|
|26||The referee blows for offside against Derek Holmes. Scott Bain takes the indirect free kick.|
|22||Handball by Colin Hamilton. Free kick taken by Mark Docherty.|
|18||Ryan McCord challenges Marcus Watt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Sheerin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by James Doyle.|
|17||Ben Gordon receives a yellow card for dissent.|
|17||Corner taken left-footed by Mark Docherty.|
|14||Mitchel Megginson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Morrison restarts play with the free kick.|
|12||Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Stokes.|
|11||Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Stokes.|
|10||James Doyle fouled by Paul Sheerin, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Gordon takes the direct free kick.|
|9||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Keddie by Kevin Cawley. Alexander Keddie restarts play with the free kick.|
|8||Kevin Cawley fouled by Mark Baxter, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Cawley.|
|6||Mark Docherty sends in a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Gordon on Scott Morrison. Free kick taken by Scott Morrison.|
|6||Ryan McCord decides to take the corner short.|
|5||Paul Sheerin concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Holmes. James Doyle takes the direct free kick.|
|3||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Sheerin by Ryan McCord. Colin Hamilton restarts play with the free kick.|
|-||Ryan McCord concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Baxter. Free kick taken by Mark Baxter.|