Football Club

Stirling v Annan preview

Weather permitting, we welcome Annan Athletic to Forthbank on Saturday as we aim to close the four-point gap on second-bottom East Stirlingshire while our visitors will have new boss Jim Chapman in charge for the first time after the recent departure of Harry Cairney. News of any pitch inspection will be posted on twitter @stirling_albion or @forthbank_news in the first instance.

Team news: Binos boss Greig McDonald expects to have virtually a full squad to choose from but Gary Thom is suspended. Fellow defender Jamie Bishop signed this week after leaving Forfar and comes into contention, having impressed while on loan from Station Park in December.

Past meetings: The clubs have met just twice since Annan joined the SFL in 2008. We ran out 5-1 winners at Forthbank on the opening day of this season when the visitors had Graeme Ramage sent off in the first half. Jamie Clark, Danny Ashe, Scott Davidson, Graham Weir and Gavin Macpherson were all on target. The Galabankies gained revenge with a 5-2 victory in November when we had Gary Thom and Sam Filler red carded before the break.

Match facts: We are seeking our first win of 2013, having taken just one point from 12 since beating Peterhead 1-0 on December 22. We have won four and lost five of our nine home games so far. Annan beat Montrose 2-1 last weekend while we lost to Clyde by the same score at Broadwood. Annan are in sixth spot, three points short of the play-offs, but their only away win was 3-2 against Clyde a fortnight ago.

Last five league form: Stirling WLDLL Annan DWLWW

Referee: Alan Muir

Vouchers: Albion fans paying cash at the turnstiles will be given a voucher. Further vouchers will be issued at forthcoming home games. Those with vouchers will have the best chance of securing a ticket for the Rangers match on Tuesday February 26.

Admission: £10 adults, £7 seniors/students, £5 children U17

Fans: Only the West Stand will be open and Annan fans are requested to use turnstiles 3 & 4

Club shop: Open before the game – all replica shirts reduced to £20

Matchday magazine: Another 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: Cold and overcast with potential for snow

Next meeting: Annan v Stirling Albion – Saturday April 20

Other D3 games: Berwick v Elgin, East Stirling v Queen’s Park, Montrose v Clyde, Peterhead v Rangers (Sunday)

Our next game: Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion – Saturday January 26