The second quarter of the Third Division campaign begins tomorrow and Albion make the 100-mile journey south to Annan as we visit Galabank for the first time. We came out on top 5-1 in this fixture on the opening day but have won just twice in nine league games while Annan have suffered only two defeats and are fifth in the table, six points ahead of us.
Team news Albion are without Kieran McAnespie, Ross McGeachie, Danny Ashe and Bradley Coyne and Marc McCulloch is doubtful. Steven Weir returns after a two-match ban. Annan have lost top scorer David Hopkirk, who has returned to Queen of the South after a month’s loan. Steven Swinglehurst, Greg Thorburn, Steven Sloan, David Murray and Graeme Bell are all missing.
Greig McDonald: “We started the season with a good win over them and a repeat of that would be great. We are certainly capable of getting a good result at Galabank.”
Harry Cairney: “We have had three solid performances in a row with draws at Queen’s Park and Elgin as well as a 5-2 win over East Stirling. Our plan has to be to build on that.”
Match facts We drew 2-2 at Peterhead in our last away game but have already lost at Elgin, East Stirling and Berwick. Annan are unbeaten on their plastic pitch, with three wins and a draw against Rangers. They are on good form in Division Three, having notched up 2-2 draws at Elgin and Queen’s Park before beating East Stirling 5-2. Like ourselves, they went out of the Scottish Cup at home to Highland League opponents – Buckie won at Galabank and Deveronvale triumphed at Forthbank.
Division Three last-five form Annan DWDDW Stirling Albion LLWLD
Top league scorer Annan – David Hopkirk (5), Stirling – Scott Davidson (2), Josh Flood (2), Jordan White (2)
Division Three clean sheets Annan 2, Stirling Albion 1
Admission £10 adults, £5 concessions
Referee Gavin Ross
Saturday’s other Division Three games Clyde v Montrose, Elgin v Berwick, Rangers v Peterhead
Next meeting Saturday January 19 – Stirling Albion v Annan
Return to Galabank Saturday April 20