Queen’s Park beat Stirling for the third time this season to climb to second in the table and leave Albion a point adrift of East Stirlingshire at the bottom.
Just as against Montrose a week ago, we had enough chances to have earned a point but the Spiders notched up their fifth away win of 2012/13 in an entertaining clash at Forthbank.
We went into the game without central defenders Brian Allison (injured) and Gary Thom (suspended) so Kieran McAnespie and Jamie Clark slotted in, with Danny Ashe at left-back. Graham Weir missed his first league game of the season due to a one-match ban.
Young striker Sandy Cunningham looked lively when he came on as a substitute and there was a debut late in the match for U19 defender Jack Stickler.
Top scorer Jordan White returned and almost gave us a dream start in two minutes but Neil Parry made a vital save and Stephen Day’s follow-up was also blocked.
Sean Burns missed a glorious opportunity when he fired over at the other end but Gardner Speirs’ men took the lead in 28 minutes when 17-year-old Aidan Connolly’s cross from wide on the right beat everyone and ended up in the net.
Paul McGinn doubled their lead with a stunning angled drive into the roof of the net after a quick break but we hit back just before the hour mark when Mark Ferry volleyed home after Parry had done well to keep out a Scott Davidson effort.
Ex-Celt Tony McParland made it 3-1 with a terrific 25-yard free-kick but the Binos again responded and Clark headed over before Ferry nodded in from close range with 15 minutes left when Queen’s Park failed to clear their lines.
We almost equalised with 10 minutes left but Ferry couldn’t quite force the ball in, while Peat saved well from Michael Keenan and a deflected shot hit the post as the Hampden club also threatened.
Overall, plenty of encouragement to take into next week’s game against Clyde at Broadwood as we seek revenge for a 1-0 defeat to Jim Duffy’s men in August but we need to tighten up at the back.
Stirling Albion: Peat, McGeachie, Ashe (Stickler 86), McClune, Clark, McAnespie, Johnston (Flood 68), Ferry, White, Davidson (Cunningham 63), Day.
Subs (not used): McSorley, Filler (GK).
Scorers: Ferry 58, 75
Queen’s Park: Parry, McGinn, Robertson, Little (Bradley 67), Gallacher, McParland, Connolly, Anderson, Quinn (Longworth 85), Keenan, Burns.
Subs (not used): Capuano, Shankland, Lochhead (GK).
Scorers: Connolly 28, McGinn 54, McParland 66
Referee: Des Roache