Albion left out some of their experienced players but racked up a comfortable victory over their Highland League opponents in a friendly at Seafield Park on Friday evening.
Goalkeeper Sam Filler and forward Andy Hunter made their first appearances of the pre season against a Strathspey team who had finished second bottom in last season’s Highland League.
The Binos largely controlled the match and took the lead when midfielder Daly McSorley smashed home a terrific shot from 30 yards after 20 minutes before defender Gary Thom powerfully headed in a Josh Flood corner eight minutes later.
McSorley nodded the third from Hunter’s left-wing cross on the hour mark as home appeals for offside were waved away and the scoring was complete two minutes later when Scott Hendry turned a Hunter cross into his own net.
The hosts missed a couple of good chances to reduce the deficit but Greig McDonald’s men played some nice stuff on a good surface and now head to Brora for part two of their mini Highland tour on Saturday.
Stirling Albion: Filler, Kirwan, Ashe (McGeachie 46), McCulloch (McCunnie 46), Thom, Clark, McSorley (Davidson 80), Flood, Hunter, Brass (Coyne 61), Macpherson. Subs (not used): Peat, Allison, Weir.
Strathspey Thistle: Donaldson, Fraser, Tulloch, Mochan, Hendry, Chisholm, Hardie, Swinton, Babrowski, Robertson, MacDonald. Subs: Wardrope, Smith, Reinsons, Sutherland, Ireland, McRae, McPhee, Ridgers.
Referee: Graham Fraser