ROSS MACIVER capped his first start for Alloa with his first goal to seal a victory that leaves the Wasps in a great spot.

MacIver has had to bide his time since joining the club, being limited to substitute appearances as he tries to make an impact.

However, he grabbed his opportunity with both hands on Saturday as his goal earned the Wasps a massive three points.

Speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport, he said: "It's been a long season for me personally, I haven't played as much as I'd want to.

"I think that was my second start of the season so I'm just happy to get a goal and hopefully there's a few more between now and the end of the season.

"Kev [Cawley] was out and when you're on the bench you've got to wait for your chances. I got told on Thursday night I'd be starting and now I've got to try and stay in the team.

"I was gone at the end, that's the longest I've played all season."

The victory means Alloa now sit eight points above the relegation play off position and, with just nine points to play for, it seems like Alloa can plan for another season in League One.

However, MacIver said: ""Until it's mathematically [impossible] it's not done. As long as it's in our hands that's the main thing."

Manager Brian Rice has been singing MacIver's praises in recent weeks and has known about the forward for years.

"I didn't know him but I knew he stayed two minutes away from me where I'm from," MacIver continued. "He was in the next village along from me.

"That was the first thing he said to me on the phone, that he's watched me since I was 17 years old.

"I took a wee step back because you don't expect that, sometimes you think managers are told to sign a player through somebody else so knowing that he knew what I'm good at, what I'm not good at, it makes you happy when you come to a club."

Alloa started with five attacking players on Saturday and MacIver insists he loves the approach.

He said: ""I know it was only 1-0 [on Saturday] but you'd rather win 3-0 or 3-2. There was chances created, you'd rather that than sit back, defend and scrape out a 1-0 win.

"I know it was 1-0 today but it was domination, there was chances in the first half and the second."

Next up is a trip to league leaders Cove Rangers, who would take a huge leap towards the title with a victory.

MacIver said: "They need to win so why not go and try to cause a wee upset and see what happens."