ALLOA have "enough ability to cause teams problems" but need to "stop shooting ourselves in the foot".

That's the verdict of boss, Brian Rice, who is anticipating another tough examination of his side's credentials when Falkirk visit the Indodrill for a live televised clash this weekend.

The Bairns, a club that Rice played for and coached with in the past, were unbeaten in five league and cup clashes with the Wasps last season, winning four of them.

You have to go back a further four games, to September 2021, for the last time Alloa got one over Falkirk, when Euan Henderson and Conor Sammon notched the goals in a 2-0 victory.

Ahead of their meeting with Stirling Albion on Tuesday night, John McGlynn's team, one of the favourites for the title and promotion, had opened their League One season with a victory at home to Annan Athletic, and a 2-2 draw at Cove Rangers, in which they struck a stoppage-time equaliser.

Rice's outfit began with a win on the road at Queen of the South but, after a home loss to the Binos, they were beaten again on Saturday by Kelty Hearts.

The BBC Alba cameras will roll into the Indodrill for this Saturday's 5.30pm kick off to see if Alloa can bounce back, and the manager was more heartened by his team's showing at New Central Park than he was in their 'meek' derby defeat.

"They kept going," he said of his side's efforts in trying to recover from two goals down at the weekend.

"Last week (against Stirling) we lost meekly. Not today. Today we kept going, we were fighting right to the end, so I can't question the boys' attitude. We just made two really poor decisions (for the goals conceded).

"Every game's a difficult, difficult game in this league, and Falkirk are still in League One with us. They've been trying to get out of it for a few years, and they've recruited well again I think, so it'll be a really difficult game.

"We've got enough ability to cause teams problems but we need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We did it last week with a penalty, we've done it today with a penalty, and then a poor second goal.

"It's hard enough trying to win games, but to give other teams the chances we're giving them, is really disappointing."