Stirling Albion boss Greig McDonald hopes his side can break their away duck this weekend after an impressive run of Forthbank form.
Before the Binos drew their game with leaders Rangers 1-1 on Tuesday, they defeated Clyde 2-0 with goals from Kieran McAnespie and Mark Ferry – their fifth success in the last seven at home – but they are yet to triumph on their travels and go to Elgin on Saturday and Berwick next Tuesday.
It’s a punishing schedule that might take its toll, with nine matches in 29 days, but McDonald’s men have built some momentum and moved off the foot of the table at the weekend.
Stirling have already lost twice to an Elgin side who made a terrific start to the season but seem to have lost their way of late while Berwick dished out a 4-1 beating at Shielfield in September.
Albion earned a deserved point in a 0-0 draw at Peterhead in their last away outing but haven’t won on the road in the league since defeating Albion Rovers last May.
McDonald praised his players for winning ugly against Clyde as they made it five games without defeat, although they were understandably 12/1 outsiders against Rangers last night (Tuesday).
He said: “We had probably the most experienced team out there that we could have and we started the game very well. We got a tremendous first goal, which was a great finish from Kieran McAnespie, and the second one before half-time gave us a bit of comfort.
“In the second half we were solid and walked off with a clean sheet. There wasn’t much between the teams in the second half and it wasn’t a great advert but we got the job done.
“The guys we have brought in have done well but it’s not just that. Those who were here already have stepped up to the level we knew they were capable of. Guys like Mark Ferry, David McClune and Graham Weir are really pushing on. At the other end of the scale, you have young Sandy Cunningham who did well when he came on until someone accidentally stood on his arm
“It’s a squad game and we might need to make changes but we are on a good run. Eleven points from 15 is good going in this league but we are not happy at just being off the bottom – we want to get into the pack just in front of us and it’s important to keep grinding out results.
“We weren’t worried about the Rangers game being a distraction because we made it clear to the players that the Clyde match was the more important of the two."