EAST MEN’S DIVISION ONE
REIVERS travelled to Edinburgh in good spirits, having beaten league leaders Falkirk on their last two outings.
Whether it was the fact it was Sunday, a couple of players carrying injuries, or just general tardiness which resulted in a totally insipid performance, is hard to judge.
The game started well with both teams evenly-matched and the Reivers had plenty of possession, but there was very little urgency and ingenuity.
The opening goal arrived midway through the first half. An innocuous-looking attack resulted in a free hit to Alloa. The ball was smashed into the circle and slack marking allowed the forward space to deflect the ball high into the net.
Lacking invention in the final third of the pitch, the visitors were reduced to simply firing the ball into the circle in the hope an attacker could get a stick on the ball. This, however, failed to materialise, no matter how hard they hit it and how many times they tried the tactic.
Half-time came and the Reivers still felt they could win the game. An increase in intensity and urgency was required and the team went out determined to make amends for the poor first half.
Unfortunately, this failed to materialise, there was still no spark of invention that was needed to unlock a well-organised Alloa defence.
Although the Reivers enjoyed the bulk of possession there was still no end result.
The killer blow came with 10 minutes left. A long ball forward by Alloa touched a Reiver foot, and as the defence and goalkeeper stopped waiting for the whistle, the home striker made no mistake rattling the ball into the back of the goal.
The Reivers tried hard to get a goal back, but it was a case of all perspiration and no inspiration.
Captain Graeme Lofthouse was unimpressed with the performance.
“It was a day when nothing went right, we just weren’t controlling the ball and making killer balls,” he bemoaned. “We need to get the basics right first time.”
Reivers: Young, Ramsay, Johnston, Montgomery, Cairns, Bure, Lofthouse, Dixon, Fletcher, Girvan, Lamb. Subs: Bell, Pitman & Gibson. Match Sponsor Blinkbonny Quarry.