KEVIN CAWLEY was delighted to have scored his first goal of the season as Alloa got their League One campaign up and running with a draw against Raith Rovers.

Cawley’s first-half strike was his first of the season and he is hoping he can add more goals over the course of the season.

And although Greig Spence and Jordan Kirkpatrick, who between netted more than 40 goals last season, have both departed for pastures new, the midfielder reckons he and his team-mates are capable of filling the void.

He told Advertiser Sport: “I’m really pleased to have got the goal. I’m hoping it’s the first of many. We’ve obviously lost Greig Spence and Jordan Kirkpatrick, who contributed with so many last season.

"We are trying to spread the goals throughout the team now and have more guys chipping in.

“I wouldn’t say I need to shoulder more responsibility in terms of getting goals this season. Iain Flannigan has a good scoring record from midfield, Andy Graham popped up with a few last season and all the strikers will get their share so there are a lot of goals across the team. That will help us massively this season.”

Alloa were undone by a last-gasp equaliser from Raith’s Lewis Vaughan as their league opener ended in stalemate, but Cawley was pleased with how his side competed against a side tipped by many to romp to the League One title.

He said: “We started really well and were very good in the first half, but in the second we didn’t really get going and Raith put us under a lot of pressure. The draw was probably a fair result but we are obviously gutted to have lost the goal so late.

“Raith and Ayr will be right up there and the game was a good indication of what we’ll be up against. We competed well in spells but we need to do that for the whole 90 minutes. If you want to challenge, you have to pick up points against the teams around you so we will be aiming to do that.”

Cawley started his 200th Alloa game during last week’s cup defeat to Hibernian and after another summer of change at the Indodrill Stadium, the midfielder, who is now one of the most experienced players in the Wasps’ dressing room, reckons things are coming together for his side.

He added: “The gaffer has brought a lot of new boys in and over the course of the first quarter, you’ll get a good indication of where we’re likely to end up.

"We’ve had a few weeks now and we are getting to know each other better. Things are starting to come together.

“Two hundred is a lot of games, but I’ve really enjoyed my two spells here, and long may it continue for a few years yet.”