The second game of Albion’s Highland tour ended in disappointment as we slumped to defeat against Brora at Dudgeon Park in what was the first ever meeting between the clubs.
Greig McDonald made nine changes to the team that started the 4-0 win over Strathspey Thistle on Friday night but, after a bright opening, the Binos found themselves well beaten.
Brora finished third from bottom of the Highland League last season and have never won the title but backing from a local businessman has attracted the likes of experienced SPL duo Richie Hart and Stuart Golabek, who spent many years with Inverness CT and Ross County.
Albion started well enough and Scott Davidson had a strong penalty claim turned down before McDonald headed over from a corner when he might have scored.
But it was Brora who took the lead in 24 minutes when the excellent Hart thumped a low 25-yarder beyond Mark Peat and only a bad miss soon after from Colin Campbell prevented further damage.
Andy Macleod’s team doubled their lead in 63 minutes when Campbell headed in a deep Hart cross and substitute Liam Baxter wrapped things up from close range five minutes later after the ball had come back off the post.
Graham Weir almost pulled one back for Stirling but his deflected effort struck the woodwork and attention now turns to the Ramsdens Cup tie at holders Falkirk on Saturday.
Brora Rangers: Allan, Lamb, Golabek, Hind, M MacLean, Gibb, Gillespie, Hart, Kerr, Mackay, Campbell. Subs: Ross, Cunningham, Baxter, Grant, Smith, Innes, K MacLean, Greig, Duff, Taylor.
Stirling Albion: Peat, McGeachie (Thom 26), Ashe, McCulloch, Allison, McDonald, Day, Weir, Davidson, Coyne, McCunnie. Subs: Clark, Macpherson, McSorley, Brass, Filler, Flood, Kirwan, Hunter.
Referee: Billy Baxter