ALLOA WOMEN’S team came out on top during an end-to-end, nine-goal thriller against Cumbernauld Colts on Sunday.

The Wasps came back from a goal down to take the lead, with the visitors then chasing Alloa for the duration of the match.

Heather Bundy got Alloa back into the match with a brilliant strike into the top corner, levelling the scoring and getting the Wasps back on track.

Immediately after, Rihanna McMinimee nets the second goal to fire Alloa in front, setting the scene for a dominant performance from the Wasps.

“What a game for the fans,” gaffer Charles Dignan said. “Nine-goal thriller and we could’ve scored more to be honest.

“It was a fantastic game, we’ve went 1-0 down and we’re thinking here we go again, a slow start but then immediately we equalise and then we take the lead.

“And then every time it’s them equalising and chasing us but I do believe it’s the best football we’ve played – we get the ball down, we play through the lines, we work the patterns of play that we’ve spoken to.

“Cumbernauld are very quick and good on the counterattack and that’s where we got caught a couple times in the first half.

“We made a couple changes in the first half, not in formation but just the way we’re set up in the back line.

“We’re disappointed to concede two corners and arguably an offside goal but fair play to Cumbernauld, they break very quick and their league position is not a reflection of them.”

The second half recommenced with both teams having scored two each, but Alloa wasted no time in retaking the lead, with Amy Cully’s strong strike reasserting their control over the game.

Cumbernauld score again to make it 3-3, but McMinimee popped up again as she went one-on-one with the keeper and slotted it past her to make it 4-3 to Alloa.

A last equaliser fell to the visitors but with just eight minutes left to go, McMinimee completed her first Alloa hat-trick and sealed all three points for Alloa.

Dignan continued: “We knew we’d get goals from Rihanna when we signed her, she had around 22 goals for Linlithgow last season so we knew she was so composed in front of goal.

“We knew we get goals from Amy, that’s the best I’ve seen Amy play, she scored and was unlucky not to get more as she hit the crossbar from a good header.

“Heather was scoring goals for fun in training so we made the decision to push her further up the midfield and we got a goal from it.

“We’re getting goals from different areas and different players. It’s a far cry from a few months ago when I’m scratching my head wondering where the goals were coming from.

“We’re certainly getting the goals from all areas now and I think scoring five goals shows that.”

Moving Bundy further up the pitch has highlighted a key strength from Dignan’s squad in that most, if not all, of his players are capable of playing a number of different positions.

This has enabled him to readjust players to accommodate for injuries or formation changes, with goals coming from unlikely sources as a result.

He added: “We’ve started the season with players who played a position and we’ve adapted them and made them more versatile.

“We’ve made defending players attacking players and vice versa – just look at Alex Hyde: she was an attacker, made her a left back but if we do want to utilise her up top, she got herself a goal last week.

“Abbie Trotter was a left back, we’ve made her a prolific goalscorer and Bundy could play anywhere on the park, she’s a very good player for us.

“You could tell her she’s playing anywhere on that park and she’ll play with a smile on her face, she just loves playing.

“We had a great debut from Denver Hopkins, she was fantastic but honestly every player was magnificent.

“It’s the best we’ve played, the work rate from everybody was second to none, the fight, the passion.”

Next up for the Wasps is their final League Cup group stage fixture against Clydebank this Sunday at the Recs.