A fairly dreich night at the Indodrill Stadium saw Graham Liveston’s Alloa and Eddie Gray’s Forfar meet in a Development League East encounter. The artificial playing surface at Alloa helped the game as the drizzly rain could’ve caused a few problems if the surface had been grass. The Indodrill Stadium was pretty sparse for this Development League encounter, but the fans that were there helped create a decent atmosphere when cheering on their respective team.
The game was a feisty affair with both teams at it from minute one. Both teams wanted to win the game, having numerous shots in the 90 minutes, the game would’ve definitely seen more goals if not for two resolute defences. Forfar were the team who perhaps slightly edged it, one Jamie Gill effort hitting the bar, numerous towering Ryan Stirton headers and a few low drives from Jamie Penker.
Alloa’s dominance came in the middle of the park, Scott Sinclair and Sean Fagan had 2 very good games and can count themselves unlucky to have not contributed to more goals or assists. Forfar had many good performers, most notably number 7 Jamie Gill who was a constant threat all night. The defenders of both sides won pretty much every header in the air, Forfar defender Ryan Stirton being the standout in that regard.
The game started off with an incident straight away, in the 4th minute Forfar number 10 Jamie Penker felt he should’ve been given a penalty after a shove in the back from Alloa’s Scott Cameron, the referee waved it away after strong appeals from the Forfar players. That would come back to haunt Forfar immediately as 2 minuutes later Alloa went down the other end with number 10 Sean Fagan, he cut in from the left hand side and drilled a shot low and hard past Jason King at his near post. Alloa had the lion-share of the possession for the first 20 minutes, the midfield pair of Sinclair and Fagan at the heart of everything the Wasps did going forward.
Forfar would start to grab a foothold in the game half an hour in as a quick throw in from Joshua Chalmers fell at the feet of Jamie Penker, the striker hit a shot low and hard down low to the keepers left but Wasps keeper Andrew Wilson got down well to give Forfar a corner. From the resultant corner, delivered by Forfar’s Jamie Gill, Sam Clark would come up from the back to stroke home the equaliser in the 33rd minute after a stramash inside the box.