THERE are only so many times a team can find the grit, determination, and belief to come from behind to pick up points

Few teams – if any – in the country possess these characteristics in such abundance as the Wasps.

For the fifth time in six games, these qualities shone through as Alloa once again turned around a game that seemed beyond them to secure yet another three points.

After falling behind during another wretched first half, the Wasps roared back in style thanks to Alan Trouten - who continues to sparkle in this league - and a ridiculous own goal by Kerr Waddell.

How unlikely this had looked at the break. Again.

Chris Miller is not a man synonymous with goals, but seems to save them for trips to the Indodrill Stadium. In August, he notched two. This time around the wily old veteran was given the freedom of Clackmannanshire as he stroked home from 25 yards to open the scoring 12 minutes in.

On more than one occasion, Jim Goodwin has lamented his side’s inability to cut out cheap goals against them. If they are to stay up - which they have done so well to give themselves any chance of doing - this has to happen sooner rather than later.

But, for much of the first half, Alloa struggled to find any sense of rhythm against the stubborn back five deployed by The Ton. Would the pace of Jake Hastie have made a difference? How those qualities were sorely lacking on Saturday.

The goal aside, not much happened in a low key first half. Dario Zanatta was denied by Ryan Scully and the Ton had a few half chanes.

That was until an innocuous looking challenge on the stroke of half time from Iain Flannigan was greeted with a booking from referee David Lowe. Goodwin seemed quite rightly incensed on the touchline and his mood wasn’t helped when just minutes later Scully felled Alan Trouten in the box. Unbelievably, Lowe decided to blow for half time rather than a spot kick.

Something had to change and - whether it was the half time cups of tea or another reminder from Goodwin of their fighting qualities - it did in the second.

A change to a diamond suddenly meant Alloa’s play was quicker. Flannigan more direct with his passes. Shields and Trouten began to find gaps in and around the stubborn visitor’s rearguard.

And it was these gaps that were finally exposed by a wonderful run from the latter as he was brought down by Scully for a penalty. Thankfully, the former Albion Rovers man never misses from the spot as he fired home the equaliser for his 15th goal of the season.

While there was no doubting the simplicity of Trouten’s strike, it is hard to do justice to the daftness of Waddell’s own goal.

A wonderful Steven Hetherington free kick into the box caused chaos as it dropped near the byline. Rory McKeown tried to clear the ball, but it spun off Zanatta back towards the Morton goal where Waddell – without any pressure – sliced it into his own net.

What a lucky break it was for the Wasps.

But, they say you make your own luck in life. Watching this wonderfully determined Alloa side, it’s hard to argue against the old saying.

One day, Alloa will lack the gut to pull themselves off the floor after they’ve been knocked down in this relentless league.

It’s just very hard to see this happening anytime soon.