Albion boss Greig McDonald was thrilled with the 5-1 win over Annan as we racked up our biggest victory at Forthbank since thrashing Brechin 6-2 in April 2010.
Scott Davidson opened the scoring and Graham Weir, Danny Ashe and Jamie Clark all claimed their first Albion goals as we romped to a 4-0 interval lead – something we last achieved against Alloa in November 2006, when Allan Moore’s team went on to win 5-0.
Gavin Macpherson fired in the fifth and Graeme Bell pulled one back for Annan, who never recovered from the dismissal of Graeme Ramage in 27 minutes with the score at 1-0.
McDonald said: “I thought we were on top even before the red card and the boys did really well against 10 men, whereas last year we struggled in a couple of games in a similar situation.
“I’m delighted for the supporters because they have had a couple of tough years but there is an air of optimism around the club now and this is a great start.
“I’m really pleased for Graham Weir to get his first goal. He was different class to be honest. He has done everything but score since he joined us last season and he took his goal well.”
Annan boss Harry Cairney felt Graeme Ramage cost them dearly by giving referee Greg Aitken the option to brandish a red card when he led with an elbow in a challenge with Mark Ferry.
He said: “His elbow was high – he had no chance of winning the ball and it was silly challenge to make. Their manager turned to me immediately and said it was a bit harsh but we conceded poor goals from corners and I expect better.”