Glendale were still reeling from the news star striker James McMahon would be out for a number of weeks after injuring himself during the week as they traveled to Alford for a league game on Saturday.The pitch was in perfect condition as they kicked and with Mark Robb also unavailable Connor Pirie was press ganged into playing up front with Danny Lechner. Lechner had the ball in the net in 5 minutes but the goal was ruled out for a narrow offside decision. Alford were starting to win the 2nd balls in mid field and went ahead on 16 minutes when Dale failed to clear from a corner and when the ball was played back in DANNY ROBERTSON had time to take a touch then thump the ball into the net from 6 meters. Ryan Crombie was giving Craig McRae a hard time down the right for Alford and he set up a shooting chance for Reid which Derek McKenzie had to look smart to get down and save then Buchan fired just wide as Alford continued to dominate. Glendale did force a number of corners but Taylor was never seriously troubled in the Alford goal and at the break Alford were deservedly in front. H.T. 1-0.
A change at the break from Glendale saw Calum Robertson make his 1st start of the season as he replaced Ross Yule to partner Lechner upfront and Glendale did marginally improve in the 2nd half playing more on the front foot but still struggling to create anything in front of goal. Cammy Willox found space on the edge of the box to shoot at goal but dragged his shot wide and Ally Black outjumped everyone from a long throw to head goalwards only to see his effort clear the bar and with 5 minutes left Alford scored a 2 nd when from a low driven corner CONNOR PIRIE got his bearings all mixed up and somehow the ball landed in the net for an own goal. That should have been game set and match but credit to the players they fought to the end and when Taylor was penalised for time wasting McRae saw his intelligent effort cleared off the line. Into stoppage time a rush of blood by Taylor saw him bring down Robertson for a clear penalty and this time McRae stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and set up a grandstand finish but it was too little too late as Alford held on for the points.
M.O.M John Cameron
|Craig McRae||GoalYellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|