Albion returned from a month-long lay-off to record a thoroughly deserved win over Montrose as we closed the gap on second-bottom East Stirlingshire to just two points ahead of Tuesday’s meeting at Forthbank.
Stephen McNally gave the visitors the lead in 25 minutes but top scorer Jordan White and Mark Ferry struck to give Stirling an interval advantage and sub Stephen Day added a well-merited third goal late on.
It was a hugely impressive performance from Greig McDonald’s side in what was our first outing since a 2-1 defeat at Clyde on January 12, as we denied Montrose the chance to go second in the Third Division table.
Stuart Garden’s charges had already beaten us 3-1 and 3-2 this term but Albion were excellent here and the Links Park boss admitted we were worthy winners.
Recent signings David Crawford and Jamie Bishop were both handed starts but illness restricted Ross Forsyth to a place on the bench and Gary Thom, Jamie Clark and Ross McGeachie were all ruled out.
White missed a great chance to give us an early lead and Montrose scored first when defender McNally headed home a David Gray corner after 25 minutes.
We had failed to win a match this season after going behind but White fired home his ninth goal of 2012/13 after being teed up by David McClune then the outstanding Ferry found the corner from 18 yards to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Scott Davidson hit the post early in the second half and we missed several good opportunities before Graham Weir ran clear and released Day to stroke the ball into the empty net for the clincher three minutes from time.
It was our third win in four at home and the performance was surely our best of the season – ideal timing as we prepare to play a quarter of the campaign in 29 days.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McCunnie, McAnespie, McClune, Bishop, Allison, Weir, Ferry, White, Davidson (Day 74), Johnston.
Subs (not used): Forsyth, McSorley, Cunningham, Filler (GK).
Scorers: White 37, Ferry, 43, Day 87
Montrose: Gibson, McNally (McLeish 75), R McIntosh, Crawford, Campbell, Winter, Gray (L McIntosh 69), Masson, Boyle, Wood, Johnston (McCord 57).
Subs (not used): Morton, Wood (GK).
Scorer: McNally 25
Referee: Gary Hilland