Arbroath 2 – 1 Alloa Athletic

Arbroath 2 – 1 Alloa Athletic

Arbroath made it 3 wins in 4 games this afternoon thanks to first half goals from Bobby Linn and Luke Donnelly.

Arbroath Manager Dick Campbell reverted back to the team that defeated Partick Thistle minus Jason Thomson who faces a few weeks out through injury with Ben Stirling coming in to take his position at right back.

The Lichties made a strong start with Luke Donnelly coming close after only 3 minutes as his header from a corner kick just went wide and as Alloa started every move deep it allowed the Arbroath midfielders to push forward and harass with David Gold chasing after every ball.

The movement and passing from Arbroath was very impressive and Luke Donnelly played in a perfect ball to Bobby Linn in the box after 16 minutes allowing Linn to close down on Jamie MacDonald before firing finding the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Derek Gaston pulled off the save of the game as he somehow denied Robbie Deas pushing his downward header over the bar for a crucial save.

Ricky Little came close with a header from another corner after 25 minutes and 2 minutes later Arbroath made it 2-0.

Miko Virtanen found Linn out on the win and this time Bobby provided the assist in a carbon copy of last Saturday’s goal. Bobby closed in on goal before looking up and placing the ball into the path of Luke Donnelly who smashed the ball past MacDonald.

Although just as it looked like Arbroath were going to have a convincing win, Alloa came right back into it with Alan Trouten netting at the back post after being set up by Kevin O’Hara.

Alloa’s passing was sharp and precise and the first half showed a great attacking display by the two part-time sides in the division.

As the second half started Bobby Linn continued his excellent form and truly was unplayable at times during the afternoon as every time he got on the ball there was a threat a goal was going to come as Alloa just couldn’t near him.

Bobby had a shot blocked in the 52nd minute before David Gold came close with a chip which just sailed past the wrong side of the post.

Alloa always carried a threat on the break and Derek Gaston made a save from Steven Hetherington on the hour mark.

Bobby again came close in the 65th minute with MacDonald making a save before substitute Greig Spence and Gold came close again.

Alloa’s Jon Robertson should have pulled Alloa level but he blazed a great opportunity over the bar from 6 yards out.

David Gold and substitute Michael McKenna fired shots just past the posts with Referee Graham Beaton giving many Arbroath fans no finger nails as the full time whistle seemed an age in coming.

In the end the Lichties held on for another fantastic win consolidating 5th place in the league. Another excellent team performance with Donnelly and Linn continuing to work really well together with Virtanen, Gold and Whatley breaking up play in midfield. A great performance from Stirling who slotted seamlessly into the back four.

Arbroath Manager Dick Campbell doesn’t often single out any of his players but did give Linn full credit for his performance today.

We hope to see you all back at Gayfield next Saturday!

C’mon the Lichties!

Half Time Stats

Possession – Arbroath 56% – 44% Alloa Athletic
Total Shots – Arbroath 6 – 4 Alloa Athletic
On Target – Arbroath 2 – 2 Alloa Athletic
Off Target – Arbroath 2 – 2 Alloa Athletic
Blocked – Arbroath 2 – 0 Alloa Athletic
Corners – Arbroath 3 – 2 Alloa Athletic
Fouls Committed – Arbroath 3 – 8 Alloa Athletic

Full Time Stats

Possession – Arbroath 47% – 53% Alloa Athletic
Total Shots – Arbroath 14 – 9 Alloa Athletic
On Target – Arbroath 3 – 3 Alloa Athletic
Off Target – Arbroath 8 – 4 Alloa Athletic
Blocked – Arbroath 3 – 2 Alloa Athletic
Corners – Arbroath 5 – 4 Alloa Athletic
Fouls Committed – Arbroath 9 – 11 Alloa Athletic


21 – Derek Gaston
19 – Ben Stirling
3 – Colin Hamilton
4 – Ricky Little
5 – Thomas O’Brien (c)
6 – Mark Whatley
7 – David Gold
16 – Scott Stewart (McKenna 78)
22 – Miko Virtanen
15 – Luke Donnelly (Spence 67)
11 – Bobby Linn (Kader 78)


8 – Michael McKenna – 16; 78th
9 – Steven Doris
12 – Omar Kader – 11; 78th
14 – Greig Spence – 15; 67th
18 – James Murphy
20 – Josh Campbell
1 – Darren Jamieson (GK)

Yellow Card – Virtanen 67

Goals – Linn 16, Donnelly 27

Alloa Athletic

41 – Jamie MacDonald
2 – Scott Taggart
5 – Andy Graham
4 – Robbie Deas
8 – Jon Robertson
14 – Adam Brown (Buchanan 77)
11 – Iain Flannigan
6 – Steven Hetherington
18 – Blair Malcolm (Thomson 63)
10 – Alan Trouten
17 – Kevin O’Hara


9 – Liam Buchanan – 14; 77th
16 – Nathan Gilhooley
19 – Robert Thomson – 18; 63rd
20 – Cameron O’Donnell
31 – Christopher Henry (GK)

Goal – Trouten 35

Yellow Card – Trouten 87

Attendance – 921


Referee: Graham Beaton
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Hodge
Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Gall

C’mon the Lichties!

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