LUCAS WILLIAMSON knows he won't score many better.

The 18-year-old's wonder strike on Saturday put his side in front. A day after his 18th birthday, it would have been fitting for the goal to have been the winner. Unfortunately football is not a fairytale and another Alloa mistake let their opponents back in the match before they shared the points.

For the youngster, he knows he needs to kick on. After playing with the reserve team this time last year, he now has more than a handful of appearances under his belt and is becoming a reliable option for manager Peter Grant.

Speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport, Williamson said: "No, I won't score many better than that. First one's always a good one to get.


"First half [we] felt comfortable, second half it was a bad mistake but most of our goals [conceded] have been mistakes this season and we just need to cut that out."

Born in 2003, Williamson has a host of seasoned professionals around him, and he's learning off them every day.

"I just turned 18 [on Friday, March 26]," he continued. "All the boys are really good with me, helping me along. Andy [Graham], Dicko [Liam Dick] just comfortably take me through the game as a youngster.

"Getting the contract here was massive for me, making my debut at such a young age as well. Just need to kick on.

"It'll be better for me in the long run, getting in straight away, becoming more physical. I can feel myself already progressing in training and in games, [feeling] sharper. It's probably the sharpest I've been in my whole football career."

%image('12456438', type="article-full", alt="Alloa's Lucas Williamson scores to make it 2-1 during a Scottish Championship match between Alloa Athletic and Ayr United at the Indodrill Stadium, on March 27, 2021, in Alloa, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)")

The point on Saturday takes Alloa one closer to Arbroath, who just happen to be this weekend's opponents. A win would lift to Alloa to within a point of Dick Campbell's men, and Williamson knows the significance of the match.

He said: "[It's a] massive game. We need to win to put the pressure on them and everyone else above us."

In a season like no other, Williamson has taken everything in his stride and he explained how important the influence of gaffer Grant has been.

"He's helping me," Williamson says. "He just says go out and play, enjoy yourself, express yourself, play as you always do and be positive.

"He tells me what to do. Obviously he's played himself, he knows what he's talking about, I just need to listen and do what he says."