STEVEN BUCHANAN relished scoring his first League goal against rivals Stirling Albion to cap off a top performance from the youngster.

Buchanan made his sixth consecutive start since being handed his chance against Rangers B in September, with his performances growing stronger with each showing.

The 20-year-old caught onto a ball from Quinn Coulson to fire Alloa in front during the derby and remained a constant threat on the right hand side.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport after the match, Buchanan explained he enjoyed scoring his first goal against his club rivals.

“That’s my first League goal,” he said. “It’s special especially against Stirling Albion, best team to score against.

“It was good to get revenge, we’ve been playing better recently and it was good to show that we’d been playing better since the start of the season.

“Hopefully by the end of the season we’re right up there and can get promoted.”

Buchanan has become a mainstay in the Alloa squad, with his performances earning plaudits from fans and his manager.

Brian Rice praised the youngster for his performance against Stirling in the League Cup earlier in the season, citing it as his “best performance” for the club.

The Alloa youth product scored his first goal for the club against Stenhousemuir later on in the League Cup campaign and ticked off another milestone against Stirling.

Buchanan went on to explain he enjoys the freedom he has at right wing back to push forward and create chances for Alloa.

“This is my natural position,” he added. “That’s what I like to do, I like to put crosses in and score goals, it’s natural for me.

“Hopefully, I can continue the performances and keep going.”