Alloa 0 Falkirk 0: Bairns have to settle for a point against stuffy Alloa

Craig Sibbald on the ball at Recreation Park as Falkirk drew 0-0 against Alloa. Picture: John Devlin
Craig Sibbald on the ball at Recreation Park as Falkirk drew 0-0 against Alloa. Picture: John Devlin
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Falkirk and Alloa had to settle for a point apiece after playing out a scrappy match at Recreation Park.

Graham Bowman started in goal for the Bairns and Rory Loy and Phil Roberts led a two man strike force.

There was no doubting the commitment from either side, with plenty of hard tackles being made in each half. But there was little in the way of free flowing football as Paul Hartley’s Alloa team made life difficult for the Bairns.

The home side worked hard, but Falkirk always looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Wasps goalkeeper Scott Bain - who was Hartley’s first signing as Alloa boss - made several excellent stops and was deservedly named man of the match.

The former Aberdeen youth player was tested six minutes into the game when Bairns forward Phil Roberts curled an excellent shot from the edge of the box that looked destined for the top corner. Bain was at full stretch to tip it over the bar.

Alloa had their chances as well and Declan McManus forced a save from Bowman following a corner.

Bain was again called into action shortly before half time when Rory Loy managed to fire in a shot from a tight angle.

Falkirk posed less attacking threat in the second half and as the game wore on the home fans began to sense that their team might be able to snatch a winner.

Their best opportunity came with ten minutes left when Jason Marr beat Stephen Kingsley to an in-swinging corner and sent a firm downward header towards goal, which Bowman was glad to see bounce just over the bar.

A draw was a fair result in a game that will not live long in the memory of those that watched it.

Falkirk play Dundee - who won 4-1 against Dumbarton - in a game that will test the Bairns credentials as Championship title contenders.

Falkirk: Bowman, Duffie, Kingsley, Fulton (Faulds 86), McCracken (Dick 47), Flynn, Alston, Sibbald (Bingham 75), Roberts, Loy, McGrandles

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