A young Alloa Athletic side proved too hot to handle for the Shipyard on a warm night in Clackmannanshire as they ran out 5-1 winners. Nathan Moore, Ryan Gemmell, Aaron Stubberfield, Michael Hardie and Morgan Reid all netted for the home side with Craig Lowe replying for the visitors. Although not on the scoresheet young Scott Hynd impressed as he gave the Shipyard defence a torrid time.
Asked about his thoughts on the match Shipyard manager Myles Allan said “Clearly the better side won the game but the three goals in the last 10 minutes or so maybe put a slightly unfair complexion on the match. However, as I said after our 5-1 win against Links United, results at this time of the season are not important. These friendlies are specifically to work on fitness and to implement some things that we have started to work on in training. From that perspective, this match was exactly what we needed”. Myles took some positives from the game and pointed out that “Alloa played at a pace that ensured that our guys couldn’t help but get a good workout. For the first 20 minutes we were chasing shadows but gained a bit of composure after that and got a foothold in the match. We had spells of moving the ball well but we could maybe have done it with a bit more purpose rather than just going side to side. That said we have eight new players who are only starting to learn the way that we want to play and I saw enough in the match to know that we are heading in the right direction”. Alloa manager Paul Hartley was equally happy when asked about his team’s performance as he enthused “That was the best that these boys have played for me. It was just the type of match they needed and I am very pleased with the performance”.