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      Alloa secure promotion play-off spot with win over Brechin

      Alloa secured themselves a promotion play-off place in Ladbrokes League One with a 6-1 mauling of Brechin as rivals Airdrie suffered a surprise defeat at lowly Stranraer.Greig Spence and Iain Flannigan both scored braces for Alloa with Stefan McCluskey and Jason Marr also on the scoresheet for the Wasps who, having failed to win in their previous three matches, recorded their biggest league victory in five years.Brechin had actually taken a 23rd-minute lead through Andrew Jackson but their hopes all but vanished when goalkeeper Graeme Smith was sent off in the 63rd minute after conceding a penalty, which Spence scored from to make it 4-1.With Airdrie going down 2-1 at Stranraer, Alloa are now certain to finish in second spot after moving 10 points clear of third place with three games left.Strikes from Mark McGuigan and Kyle Turner put Stranraer in charge at Stair Park and Airdrie could only pull one goal back through Andy Ryan with 18 minutes left.Also taking advantage of Airdrie's loss were Queen's Park, who moved up to third on goal difference with a 2-0 home victory over Albion Rovers.Ewan MacPherson opened the scoring in the 41st minute and David Galt added the second just moments into the second half.Champions Livingston recorded an expected victory at Stenhousemuir, although they only managed to beat the league's bottom club by the narrowest of margins.Liam Buchanan, the division's leading scorer, netted the only goal of the game in the 54th minute as Championship-bound Livingston recorded their sixth successive victory.In Saturday's other game, second-bottom Peterhead returned from East Fife with a 2-1 triumph. Craig Reid netted a 55th-minute winner after home defender Jason Kerr had cancelled out James Redman's opener.
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        Livingston are promoted to Scottish Championship after win over Alloa

        Livingston secured promotion to the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship with a 2-1 home win over nearest rivals Alloa which also won them the League One title.Leaders Livi had gone into the game needing just a point to go up and they did enough despite a nervous finish.Livingston went ahead after 16 minutes through Scott Pittman who hit a rising shot from distance into the top corner.Jackson Longridge doubled their lead four minutes into the second half when he curled in a shot after cutting in from the left wing onto his right foot.But Dylan Mackin's goal after 67 minutes ensured a nervous finish for the home fans before the celebrations could begin.Iain Russell scored twice as Airdrie beat Brechin 3-1 to move into third place and strengthen their play-off hopes.Russell put Airdrie in front after 20 minutes when Kyle Hutton won possession and teed up the captain to score and Kieran MacDonald doubled the advantage three minutes later.Jack Leitch's own goal in first half injury time put Brechin back into the match but Russell made it 3-1 to Airdrie with his second goal 11 minutes into the second period.Stenhousemuir boosted their survival hopes with a 3-1 home win over East Fife as Willie Furtado scored twice.Furtado gave Stenhousemuir the lead just before half-time but Chris Kane drew the visitors level early in the second period.Colin McMenamin's penalty just after the hour put Stenhousemuir back in front and Furtado got his second with 11 minutes to go to make it 3-1.Paul Willis, Ryan Wallace and a Morgyn Neill own goal gave Albion a 3-0 home win over Stranraer.Queen's Park defeated Peterhead 2-0 with goals from on-loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta and Ryan McGeever.
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