Queen’s Park came from behind to claim a deserved win on their first visit to Forthbank since May 2009 as we suffered our third defeat on the trot.
Josh Flood gave Albion the perfect start when he headed home a Daly McSorley cross after 10 minutes but James Brough equalised midway through the first half when he lashed the ball home from a tight angle after keeper Mark Peat had made a fantastic save from a header.
The Spiders, who stunned SPL side Dundee in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Wednesday, were rewarded for a strong second-half showing when last season’s top scorer Jamie Longworth lifted the ball over Peat to net from close range with just seven minutes left.
Binos boss Greig McDonald made four changes to the team beaten 1-0 by Clyde. Jamie McCunnie, Danny Ashe, Scott Davidson and Steven Weir made way for Flood, Stephen Day, Marc McCulloch and Daly McSorley, with all four starting their first league match of 2012/13.
Stirling did well enough in the first half and it needed a fine stop from Neil Parry to keep out a Mark Ferry header, after Brough had cancelled out Flood’s opener, while early in the second period Day nodded against the top of the crossbar after being picked out by David McClune.
Thereafter, though, Gardner Speirs’ team dominated. Longworth, Sean Burns and 17-year-old substitute Lawrence Shankland all passed up good chances but Stirling failed to heed the warnings and Longworth pounced with time running out to leave us with just three points from 12 so far.
Albion’s next games in Division Three are away to East Stirling and Berwick Rangers and we are also on the road in the William Hill Scottish Cup second round against Dalbeattie Star, before we return to Forthbank on October 6 when Rangers are our visitors.
Stirling Albion: Peat, McClune, McAnespie (S Weir 87), McCulloch (Ashe 77), Thom, Allison, Flood (Davidson 77), McSorley, G Weir, Day, Ferry. Subs (not used): McGeachie, Filler (GK).
Scorer: Flood 10
Queen’s Park: Parry, Little, Robertson, Bradley, Brough, Keenan, Watt (Shankland 65), Anderson, Quinn (Smith 79), Longworth, Burns. Subs (not used): Sinclair, Capuano, Lochhead (GK).
Scorers: Brough 21, Longworth 83
Referee: Euan Anderson