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Stirling Albion 0 Clyde 1

Stirling Albion 0 Clyde 1

Kevin Watt’s 25th-minute goal earned Clyde victory at Forthbank as we slipped to our second defeat in a row.

In the first meeting between the teams since April 2010, Watt fired home a sweet shot midway through the opening period after strike partner Stefan McCluskey had taken advantage of some slack defending to set up the 22-year-old.

The result maintains Clyde’s excellent record at Forthbank – in 15 meetings they now lead the series by eight wins to three, with four draws.

Binos boss Greig McDonald made four changes to the team beaten 3-1 at Elgin last weekend. David McClune, Kieran McAnespie, Gary Thom and new signing Steven Weir replaced Jamie Clark, Ross McGeachie, Gavin Macpherson and Gary Brass.

Chances were scarce in the early stages but McAnespie came close with a free-kick and Mark Ferry wasn’t too far away with a header while McCluskey threatened at the other end.

Clyde took the lead in 25 minutes when Watt finished well and he came close soon after, before McCluskey fired over and the same player was unlucky not to earn a penalty when he appeared to be caught by McClune.

Steven Weir almost equalised on his Albion debut after signing from Moreland Zebras in Australia but his 42nd-minute effort came back off the bar.

A late spell of pressure almost brought reward for Stirling but keeper Jamie Barclay denied Steven Weir and Scott Davidson was unlucky to see his lob come back off the crossbar.

Substitute Daly McSorley then forced a save from Barclay but Jim Duffy’s men held on, meaning we head into Saturday’s home match with Queen’s Park on the back of a defeat.

Stirling Albion: Peat, McClune, Ashe, McCunnie (McSorley 62), Thom, Allison (McGeachie 62), Davidson, Ferry, G Weir, S Weir, McAnespie (Flood 72). Subs (not used): Macpherson, Filler (GK).

Clyde: Barclay, Brown, Kane, Gray, Marsh, Hay, Neill, Masterton (Sweeney 82), Watt, McCluskey, McColm (Scullion 82). Subs (not used): MacBeth, Sharp, Rajovic (GK).

Scorer: Watt 25

Referee: Des Roache

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