JIM GOODWIN will not rule out catching Ayr United and Raith Rovers as the race for the League One title heats up.

The Wasps are 14 points off leaders Raith, but the Alloa gaffer believes his side can stay in touch right down to the wire.

And Goodwin insisted his side will be ready to capitalise on any slip-ups from the top two.

He told Advertiser Sport: "Anything can happen. Ayr have had a dip in form, but we have just got to focus on our own form.

"Raith have got a couple of games in hand and could go clear. It was always going to be difficult for part-time teams like ourselves with those two teams in the league because they are full-time teams with decent budgets.

"For us it's about staying in touch. We need them to have a few poor games and for us to capitalise on that.

"But we'll concentrate on our own job for now. We'll have another look in ten or twelve games, and hopefully we'll be up there pushing them."

Goodwin's men continued their good recent form with victory over Albion Rovers at the Indodrill Stadium last Saturday, a result which saw his side get back to winning ways after drawing with Queen's Park last Tuesday.

He said: "We're delighted with the result. We played very well in the first half in terms of passing the ball about.

"We didn't control the game as well as I would have liked and we were a bit sloppy in possession at times but overall the boys did great.

"I would have liked the third goal to come a bit sooner because we had opportunities to possibly add to the lead, but the lads have been excellent.

"They defended really well towards the end as well. We are delighted with the three points.

"The goal we conceded was a bit sloppy and I feel we could have dealt with it better, but the boys showed great character.

"They dominated the opening ten minutes. To concede with the first attack was disappointing but the reaction was great.

"I'm delighted that after the disappointing draw with Queen's Park we were able to get back to winning ways."

New recruit Ross Stewart continued his superb start to his Alloa career with his third goal in as many games, and the manager was full of praise for his young St Mirren loanee.

Goodwin added: "Ross has been brilliant and he could even have had a couple more goals. There's definitely one I know he's disappointed with.

"He's a really good kid. We tried to get him in the summer but Jack Ross fancied him and he chose to go there.

"I'm delighted to be able to give him the opportunity to play regular football, and for him to have three goals in three games is fantastic."