Our first home game of 2013 sees us take on a Queen’s Park team who were unlucky to lose to Rangers last weekend then thrashed Clyde 4-1 on Wednesday. Our own form has improved, with just one defeat in four games, and we have the chance to move off the bottom of the table on Saturday.
Team news: Top scorer Jordan White returns after a ban but both Gary Thom and Graham Weir are suspended and there are doubts over Brian Allison, Gary Brass and Ross McGeachie. Queen’s Park are without defender Jamie Brough due to work commitments.
Past meetings: Queen’s Park came from behind to win 2-1 at Forthbank in August and triumphed by the same score in the Friday night game at Hampden in November thanks to a last-minute penalty from Tony Quinn after Scott Davidson had hauled Albion level.
Match facts: We are seeking a third straight home league win for the first time since the early part of the 2009/10 promotion season after beating Berwick and Peterhead in our last two outings at Forthbank. We have won four and lost four of our eight home games and last drew on our own turf against Arbroath in March. Only Rangers have a better away record than Queen’s Park – the Spiders have won four of seven matches on the road, conceding a league-low seven goals.
Greig McDonald: “Moving off the bottom of the table is in sight now and a win in this game could do it.”
Gardner Speirs: “Stirling Albion have improved throughout the season and will be out to make up for the two wins we have had against them.”
Last five league form: Stirling LWWLD Queen’s Park WWDLW
Referee: Des Roache
Admission: £10 adults, £7 seniors/students, £5 children U17
Fans: Only the West Stand will be open and Queen’s Park fans are requested to use turnstiles 3 & 4.
Club shop: Open before the game
Matchday magazine: First chance to buy the January edition, priced £3
Binos Bar: Open before and after the match – all welcome
Twitter: For those not able to make it, we will have live updates @Stirling_Albion
Radio Royal: If you have friends or family in Forth Valley Hospital, they can hear full commentary of the game from Albion stalwart Sandy Morton.
Weather: Forecast is for a largely dry day with temperatures a balmy 10C!
Next meeting: Queen’s Park v Stirling Albion – Tuesday April 2
Other D3 games: Berwick v East Stirling, Clyde v Annan, Peterhead v Montrose, Rangers v Elgin