We prepare to play Alloa Athletic for the second time this season in what will be the first of three meetings in the next four weeks.
The last time Falkirk met Alloa was back in October when The Bairns took all three points under the lights at The Falkirk Stadium in a rescheduled midweek game.
Falkirk stung The Wasps with two quick-fire goals in the opening seven minutes, and the visitors weren’t able to recover. Brad McKay opened the scoring in the third minute, rising to head home from a corner in his first start of the season. On loan Rangers man Juan Alegria doubled the lead just four minutes later. It was Alegria at the double as he scored his second of the match, and Falkirk’s third, a minute before the break. Alloa were brighter in the second half but it took them until the 86th minute to break through the Falkirk defence to bring a goal back. It was former Bairn Conor Sammon with the goal that proved to be a consolation.
This would have been our third meeting with Alloa this season, however, our fixture scheduled for 17th December was called off. The rescheduled fixture takes place on 7th February.
Alloa go into Saturday’s game following a massive win last weekend. The Wasps hosted FC Edinburgh in a game that Edinburgh needed to win to retain second spot in the league table. The game didn’t go to plan for Edinburgh, with Conor Sammon scoring a first-half brace for Brian Rice’s side. Edinburgh hit back not long after the restart with John Robertson scoring his 10th league goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Alloa took all three points, climbing to fourth where they sit with 35 points.
The Bairns secured a third win in a row on Saturday after they put four goals past Clyde at The Falkirk Stadium, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Falkirk created a number of chances in the first half before breaking the deadlock in the 25th minute. Aidan Nesbitt slid a defence splitting through ball to Callumn Morrison who calmly slotted past the goalkeeper into the far bottom corner.
Just before the hour mark, things took a bad turn for Falkirk when Coll Donaldson was shown a straight red by referee Peter Stuart. It was a bizarre decision that stunned and confused the onlooking fans and things were not looking good as The Bairns were reduced to 10 men. Less than 20 minutes later, however, the referee evened things up when he sent off Clyde’s Darren Hynes for a high footed challenge on Liam Henderson. Following that, the floodgates opened. Four minutes after the second red card of the game, Captain Stephen McGinn found himself in the right place at the right time after a scramble in the box and finished passed Parry. 10 minutes later the ball was in the Clyde net again after another Goal of the Season candidate from Falkirk top scorer Callumn Morrison. Morrison was brought down by Erik Sula around 25 yards from goal and hit the resulting free-kick perfectly over the wall and inside the post.
The last kick of the ball was another goal as Substitute Rumarn Burrell prodded home from an Aidan Nesbitt cross, making it 11 assists in the league for Nesbitt this season.
The win sees John McGlynn’s side move up to second in the league on goal difference, with two games in hand over FC Edinburgh.
Alloa use e-ticketing and tickets for this fixture can be purchase from their website HERE.
- Adults: £18
- Senior Citizens (over 65): £10
- Disabled / Carers: £10 per person
- Juveniles (under 16): £4