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Forfar Stung by First Half Performance

Saturday, 02 October 2010 17:00

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Alloa Athletic 3 Forfar Athletic 2

The Loons suffered their third league defeat on the trot at a rain sodden Recreation Park.

The starting eleven differed from last week’s home encounter with Airdrie with Jamie Bishop on the treatment table and Graham Gibson on the substitute’s bench. Ross Campbell and on loan signing, Scott Allan were the replacements.

The majority of the first half was an easily forgettable experience for the Loons as Alloa raced into a three goal lead, thanks to some poor defending. Furthermore, our attacks could best be described as “hopeful punts up front”. The home side took the lead after only 6 minutes when McDonald picked up a loose ball 25 yards out, took a touch before firing it past the helpless Gallacher. Ten minutes later and an in-swinging corner was only half cleared by Tod and McDonald drilled home from 18 yards out. Alloa were in charge and it was no surprise when goal number three arrived on the half hour mark. Another corner from the left was only half cleared and this time it was Gibson who unleashed a low drive into the net. 
The home side were seemingly on easy street, and Forfar could have easily folded. But they didn’t. Yes they had conceded three goals, yes they were not constructive enough going forward, but you could see the desire was there, and they pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. A Fotheringham corner was well met by the towering Andy Tod who dispatched the ball past the stationary Robertson.

That goal signalled a much better performance from the Loons in the second half, who started to play some really good football. In the 47th minute a lovely piece of skill from Scott Allan provided Ross Campbell with a clear sight at goal, and his low effort was saved by Robertson. Forfar were now controlling proceedings and in quick succession McCulloch and Allan opened up the Alloa defence with clever passes. A series of corners provided no joy however Forfar grabbed the goal their efforts deserved after Deasley collected a loose ball 25 yards out, beat one player before curling the ball round the home custodian.
As the visitors pressed forward for the equaliser Alloa started to find spaces in the Loons defence and twice came close to hitting the target from close range. With minutes remaining Ross Campbell had the perfect opportunity to level matters thanks to a deft flick on from substitute Callum Smith which put him in the clear, but again last season’s top scorer was denied by Robertson.

Forfar can count themselves unlucky not to leave Recreation Park with a point, but a poor opening half hour didn’t help matters.

Match Report by Kevin Brown

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