Alloa Athletic 1 Forfar Athletic 0 (League One) 10th February 2018

Forfar Athletic fell to their second solitary goal defeat in a row on Saturday as Alloa Athletic sent them packing from the Indodrill Stadium.

Andy Graham’s 24th minute header ensured the Wasps took all three points despite Forfar threatening on a few occasions.

Jim Weir made three changes from the previous week with Eddie Malone, Mark Millar and Darren Whyte replacing Dylan Easton, Kevin McNaughton and Ross MacIver.

The Loons had the opening chance of the game after seven minutes; Andy Munro’s cross found Greg Hurst but he couldn’t get his header on target.

A minute later Alloa had a similar opportunity of their own when Ross Stewart got his head to Scott Taggart’s cross but Murray Mackintosh was on hand to clear the danger.

Mark Millar almost celebrated his return to the starting XI with a fantastic 25 yard effort shortly after; Wasps keeper Neil Parry doing well to push the shot onto the bar.

Hurst and Jordan Kirkpatrick were both denied by the opposition defence in quick succession before Mark Millar curled a free kick over the bar.

The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute by the hosts when Steven Hetherington’s free kick was headed past Marc McCallum by Andy Graham.

McCallum almost handed the Wasps a second three minutes later; his poor kick landed at Stewart’s feet however the striker’s shot was poor and McCallum gathered easily.

Alloa looked to kill the game off at the start of the second half; Kirkpatrick sending a long range effort wildly over before Graham headed over the bar from a Flannigan free kick.

McCallum had to be sharp to ensure the score kept the same in the 53rd minute when Munro sliced a clearance and the keeper pushed the ball over the bar.

A minute later Stewart was denied by the Loons keeper while Jamie McCart couldn’t keep his header down from the corner.

Matthew Aitken dragged his shot wide from the edge of the box shortly before the hour mark as the Loons looked for an equaliser.

Stewart could and probably should have put Alloa further in from in the 68th minute; he was sent racing clear but when one on one with McCallum, he fluffed the opportunity wide.

Hurst headed past the post from yards out three minutes later.

The striker saw another chance deflected wide shortly after; from the corner Michael Travis had a header cleared off the line as Forfar looked to build up some pressure on the Alloa backline.

In Hurst’s final action of the game he blasted over from the edge of the box before being replaced by Ross MacIver.

With the game edging closer to full time Millar was unlucky not to find the back of the net from 25 yards as Parry did well to tip the ball over.

Deep into injury time Millar tried his luck again from almost the same spot; this time he couldn’t keep his shot down as it flew into the terracing.

The result, coupled with Queen’s Park’s victory means that Forfar drop to bottom on goal difference.

They face a tough challenge next week when they host Stranraer but will have centre back pairing Andy Munro and Michael Travis suspended.

Alloa Athletic: Parry, Taggart, Crane, Graham, McCart, Fleming (Robertson 82), Cawley (Crossan 67), Hetherington, Stewart, Kirkpatrick (Smith 75), Flannigan

Subs not used: Renton, McKeown, Monaghan, Wilson (gk)

Forfar Athletic: McCallum, Whyte (Easton 46), Bain, Munro, Travis, Mackintosh, Dingwall, Millar, Aitken, Hurst (MacIver 75), Malone (Peters 65)

Subs not used: McBride, McNaughton, Starkey, Adam (gk)

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