ALLOA recorded their first league win of the season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Kelty Hearts.

Brian Rice’s side came up with the perfect response to the disappointment of losing to Dunfermline Athletic on the opening day of the season by picking up three points at the Indodrill through Stefan Scougall’s opener and a Bradley Rodden double.

An Andy Graham own goal put an end to the Wasps’ hopes of a clean sheet but the victory was enough to lift them into fourth on the table.

Rice told Advertiser Sport: "It wasn’t our best performance but it was great to grind out the win.

"We created a few chances and could have been further ahead at half-time. I never felt under much pressure, really, but we’ve played better and lost so [it’s] brilliant, great three points, first home game of the season.

“[I’m] absolutely delighted, fantastic for the boys, they deserved it for the effort they’ve been putting in and the way they’ve been playing. It was a different type of win so I really enjoyed it.

“We played really well [in] the first game, we should never have lost but like I say the most important thing is winning the next game and we done that.

“I said to them [before the match], ‘it doesn’t matter what it takes today, just win’ and they done that so I’m delighted with them all."

Scougall's opener was bizarre to say the least and while Rice admitted his team can't take credit, he's delighted Scougall's got his first goal.

He continued: “I’d love to say it’s something that we worked but we never, it’s just one of those things. It’s good that he got his goal, that’s him off the mark for the season. I keep talking about how good a player he is and he keeps producing so long may it continue.

“He took a knock so we’re just assessing him, we’ll see how he is this week."

Another player who's continuing to shine under Rice is Rodden, who made a superb impact off the bench.

Rice continued: “He’s been given the opportunity to come into the club; I liked what I saw when I watched him [in a pre-season trial match].

“We gave him the opportunity and he’s grabbed it, he can’t do anymore than he’s doing. He started a lot of games in pre-season, I wanted to get him up to speed quickly with our boys.

“He’s doing all the right things, he just needs to keep his head down, keep working hard and continue scoring goals."

Asked if Rodden's determination to make something of the long ball for the third goal sums up his attackers, Rice said: "That’s what I want from everybody, that’s what I demand from everybody.

"He’s got that, that’s a big part of his game. He’s got to keep that hunger, that desire and that work ethic.

“He’s coming on leaps and bounds but he’s got a long, long way to go and he knows that."

With the first three points of the season on the board, Rice is now looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh City to the Indodrill at the weekend.

He said: "Saturday’s the biggest game of the season and then the Saturday that follows that is the biggest game of the season.

"Concentrate on the next game, whatever happens happens and we move onto the one after that.

“Don’t look too far ahead, never look too far ahead or it’ll come back and bite you in the bum.”