Alloa 2 Falkirk 3: More nervous than necessary

22-11-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. ALLOA. Recreation Park. Alloa Athletic v Falkirk FC. Falkirk won the game 3 - 2. Third goal for Falkirk, Blair Alston 8.

22-11-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. ALLOA. Recreation Park. Alloa Athletic v Falkirk FC. Falkirk won the game 3 - 2. Third goal for Falkirk, Blair Alston 8.

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Falkirk were far superior than the scoreline suggested as they finally grabbed a win at Recreation Park.

The Bairns hadn’t beaten Alloa at their own ground in more than a decade when Owen Coyle, Lee Miller and Stuart Taylor were on the scoresheet.

22-11-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. ALLOA. Recreation Park. Alloa Athletic v Falkirk FC. Falkirk won the game 3 - 2. Third goal for Falkirk, Blair Alston 8.

22-11-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. ALLOA. Recreation Park. Alloa Athletic v Falkirk FC. Falkirk won the game 3 - 2. Third goal for Falkirk, Blair Alston 8.

This time it was Alex Cooper, Rory Loy and Blair Alston at it for the free-flowing Bairns but a couple of fresk instances meant it was a nervy finish for the away supporters.

Peter Houston played two up front with Botti Biabi joining Loy in attack and it worked wonders and the confident flowed throughout the Bairns.

They wrre head and shoulders above Alloa - particularly Peter Grant who headed everything in sight throughout - but the scoreline doesnt reflect their dominance.

Cooper began what looked to be a rout with a free-kick from 25 yards that clipped the wall en route to the top corner. Craig mcDowell got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

The Bairns were strolking the ball around at will, Craig Sibbald, Cooper and Biabi were all fleet of foot and the Bairns were cruising, until Alloa equalised.

Mark Docherty took a free-kick - harshly awarded by Euan Anderson against Sibbald and from 35 yards on the right flank the defender curled the ball into the box. No-one put a name on it and it was a surprised Jamie McDonald who saw the ball flash outwith his dive and into the net.

Alloa almost scored a second in another flashpoint but the Bairns raced to the other end through Alston and he found Cooper. The winger could have smashed it at goal but instead fed in Rory Loy who stroked it into the net.

It was a deserved half-time lead but the Bairns should have had so much more than the one goal. Rory Loy had a stonewall penalty claim turned down too and a goal was needed to settle the tie.

That came when Loy shielded the ball well and fed the on-coming ALston and he delivered a composed finish and with the Bairns 3-1 up it was a matter of home many they’d score, never mind considering how many points they’d take from the game.

But that was the worry late on. David McCracken was penalised for a tug of the jersey and Liam Buchanan scored from the penalty spot and set up a nervous finale, but the Bairns held on - just and took three deserved points from a game that should have been a more comfortable victory than it ended.