Tag: Alloa Athletic

The Twohundredpercent Play-off Jamboree: Annan Athletic 2-1 Alloa Athletic

Rarely have I watched a game between two teams with such differing levels of enthusiasm for being involved in the match at all. That’s inevitable, to a large extent, when the play-offs involve teams from different divisions, one battling for promotion and the other to avoid relegation. But it’s even more the case here in this tie given the circumstances of the two clubs. For Annan, the Scotland’s newest league side, this is uncharted territory. It’s their third season after being voted in following the demise of near-neighbours Gretna in 2008, and having finished seventh then eighth in the first two, to make the play-offs and the possibility of promotion is a big step forward for them. I think it’s fair to say that that already represents a successful season, but of course having got here they’ll want to go one better, and they have a team and a set-up that looks as though it could hold its own in the second division should they be the ones to come through these play-offs. For Alloa, on the other hand, to find themselves here is the culmination of a bitterly disappointing year – or more accurately, thirteen months. Nearing the end of last season they seemed to have the second division title in the bag, only to blow up in the home straight, then lose out to Cowdenbeath in the...

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In Defence Of The Play-offs

On Saturday I watched Alloa play Cowdenbeath in the second leg of their play-off semi-final, both clubs seeking promotion to the SFL Division One. Cowdenbeth were, in a sense, a little lucky to be there at all – a year ago they lost in the play-offs a division lower, and only three days before the start of this seson were they moved into Division Two as a result of Livingston’s enforced relegation. Having prepared for life in the lower division, many expected them to struggle (including me), but they confounded those expectations by being in the title race for most of the season and finishing in a play-off spot.

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