Brechin City could not build on their recent home performances when they hosted Alloa Athletic on Saturday.
Jim Weir was without Paul McLean and Gerry McLauchlan, as both first team regulars were sidelined with injury.
Ian Murray, a former Rangers player and Scottish internationalist, played as a trialist for City, as Weir looks to strengthen his side.
Murray almost made the perfect start for City when he met Craig Molloy’s free kick in the opening minutes, but Alloa ‘keeper Scott Bain had no trouble saving Murray’s headed effort.
After that, it seemed likely Alloa would nick an early goal, with the away side having three great chances, but unable to make them count. The first chance came when Robert Thomson had an effort deflected out for a corner in the 15th minute. Minutes later, Kevin Cawley had a chance that drifted wide of the post before his second attempt forced a save from Michael Andrews.
City had a glorious chance in the 21st minute when Andy Jackson battled through the Alloa defence. It seemed only likely that a goal was to follow given the superb form the striker is currently in, but he showed how selfless he could be when he squared the ball to Scott Dalziel. Unfortunately Dalziel was not expecting the cross and was unable to make a connection to fire City into the lead.
The first half quieted down greatly after that and it seemed unlikely that City would be able to get a goal from a well organised Alloa side.
However, when the second half kicked off it was a renewed City side that took to the park. Six minutes after the restart, it was Andy Jackson who helped Brechin take a surprising lead. McKenna fed the ball through to him, and it was a standard Jackson finish as he slotted the ball past Bain.
Brechin couldn’t quite hold on to their lead, and it was perhaps less of a surprise when Alloa equalised in the 65th minute. Thomson made no mistake this time when City weren’t able to clear the danger and he tucked the ball away.
Less than 10 minutes later, Alloa took the lead. Cawley pounced on the ball and fired it home into the bottom right corner.
Derek Carcary, who came on in the 79th minute for Scott Dalziel had a chance to put Brechin on level terms, but his shot was too tame, allowing Bain the chance to push it away, and Carcary was unable to make his follow up shot count.
In the dying minutes of the game, Alloa scored a very controversial third goal. Euan Moyes seemed to be pushed by Martin Grehan, but referee Matt Northcroft, was blissfully unaware, as was his linesman who hadn’t been watching play at the point. As a result, Grehan was left battling with Murray, who did his best to close down the striker, but there was nothing he or Andrews could do to keep out Grehan’s strike.
One positive for City was the appearance of Alan Trouten in the second half. Trouten came on for David McKenna in the 73rd minute. It was Trouten’s first match in City colours since signing in the summer, as he returns to fitness following a knee complaint.