We make the short journey to Ochilview on Wednesday to take on local rivals East Stirlingshire in our first fixture of 2013. A first away league win of the season would lift us off the foot of Division Three ahead of Saturday’s home match with Queen’s Park and we are also looking to close the gap on Clyde and Berwick, who are six points ahead of us.
Team news: Top scorer Jordan White is suspended but midfielder Phil Johnston will be in the squad after his loan signing from Dumbarton was confirmed today. Skipper Brian Allison is out with a foot injury picked up at Links Park and fellow defender Ross McGeachie is a doubt. Stephen Day, Gary Brass and Danny Ashe have all been feeling the effects of illness but hope to make it. Rhys Devlin, Craig Donaldson, Jamie Benton and Nathan Shepherd all miss out for Shire, who have snapped up defender Raymond Buchanan from Whitletts Victoria.
Past meetings: We lost 3-1 at Ochilview in September despite taking the lead through Mark Ferry but we were hampered by the first-half dismissal of Scott Davidson. We were due to host East Stirling in December but that game was twice frozen off and no new date has been set. The final meeting of the teams is due for Forthbank on Saturday March 9. Ochilview has not been a happy hunting ground for us of late, with a pair of 4-0 defeats to Stenhousemuir there last season.
Match facts: Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Montrose means we have still picked up just one point on our travels – in a 2-2 draw at Peterhead. Shire are on a run of six games without a win since defeating Queen’s Park 2-1 at Hampden in November but have drawn their last two home games, 2-2 against both Annan and Montrose. They lost 2-0 at Peterhead on Saturday. Shire have conceded more home goals than anyone else but we have the worst away defensive record in Division Three.
Greig McDonald: “We have a chance to move off the bottom and intend to take it.”
John Coughlin: “Defensively we need to improve and it would be great to get a clean sheet.”
Last five league form: East Stirlingshire LLDDL Stirling LLWWL
Referee: Kevin Graham
Admission: £10 adults, £5 concessions. Albion fans will be housed in the terracing behind the goal but anyone requiring a seat will be accommodated in the stand.
Twitter: For those not able to make it, we will have live updates @Stirling_Albion
Weather: Forecast not great – today’s sunshine appears to be short-lived!
Other D3 games: Annan v Rangers (12.45pm), Elgin v Peterhead, Montrose v Berwick, Queen’s Park v Clyde