Stirling Albion’s frantic February continues when they welcome Clyde to Forthbank on Saturday.
Greig McDonald’s men were due to take on Annan last night (Tuesday) in a rearranged fixture, having already beaten Montrose and drawn with East Stirlingshire and Peterhead this month.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Balmoor was Albion’s first clean sheet away from home for more than a year and their revamped side has a more solid look to it but East Stirling’s weekend victory at Annan left the Binos four points adrift at the bottom.
Defender Brian Allison missed last night’s game due to a suspension after the club decided not to appeal his red card for a tackle on Jamie Redman in the closing stages at Peterhead.
Operations director Stuart Brown said: “I had to consider the financial implications (£500 deposit) and crucially, in order to be successful, whether or not there is irrefutable evidence that the decision was incorrect.
“This brings us straight back to the subjective nature of such decisions and, for that reason and in consultation with Greig McDonald, I have decided not to proceed with an appeal.”
Clyde’s visit is another crucial game for the Binos, who still harbour hopes of catching the Bully Wee – who faced East Stirlingshire last night – despite two narrow defeats to Jim Duffy’s men.
Looking back at the Peterhead game, McDonald said: “I thought some of our passing and movement in the first half-hour against the wind was excellent but it became a bit of a battle after that.
“Peterhead are riding high so we’ve got to be happy that we came here and did a professional job. We’ve dropped too many points away from home so we tried to be more solid. I thought we restricted Peterhead to very little.
“That’s three games unbeaten now and we look more of a unit. Hopefully, we can continue to build on this in the home matches against Annan and Clyde this week.”
Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: “I thought it was a pretty poor game, to be honest, and neither keeper had much to do. Stirling have experienced players and will take points off other teams.”
There are still a few tickets available for the Stirling Albion dinner, which is being held in the Golden Lion Hotel on Friday, March 8. Tickets cost £50 plus VAT and include a three-course dinner with wine. Bert Allan is the MC for the evening and the speakers are former Scotland and Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram and Forfar boss Dick Campbell.
If you would like to buy a ticket contact the club on 01786 450399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stirling Albion welcome runaway Third Division leaders Rangers to Forthbank next Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm. The Binos stunned Ally McCoist’s men in October, winning 1-0 thanks to a Brian Allison goal, before losing 2-0 at Ibrox in December. Any remaining home tickets will be on sale from the club office this week, priced £13 for adults, £10 seniors, £7 U17s.
The Stirling Albion Lotto jackpot today (Wednesday) is sitting at £12,750. There were no winners last week, the numbers being 1, 3, 35 and 36. There was one three-number winner and Jackie Hunter wins £250.