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Stirling v East Stirlingshire preview

Stirling v East Stirlingshire preview

We have the chance to move off the bottom of the Third Division table when we welcome John Coughlin’s East Stirlingshire to Forthbank on Tuesday night for the first time in nine years. This fixture has already been postponed on three occasions, most recently last midweek, but should go ahead at the fourth time of asking as we bid to leapfrog our local rivals.

Rangers tickets: On sale to home fans inside the ground, priced £13 adults, £10 seniors, £7 U17s.

Kick-off: Fans are reminded that kick-off is 7.45pm. Only the West Stand will be open and visiting supporters are requested to use turnstiles 3 & 4.

Team news: Gary Thom is available again after suspension but Ross McGeachie (injured) and Jamie Clark (illness) again miss out. Philip Zufle, Rhys Devlin and Jordan Holt are absent for the visitors but Nathan Shepherd could return.

Past meetings: The teams have not met at Forthbank since March 2004 when we triumphed 6-0 en route to promotion from Division Three. Shire came out on top 3-1 at Ochilview in September, when Scott Davidson was sent off, but we have not lost at home in this fixture since August 1985. It was 1-1 at Ochilview on January 2 when Gary Thom was dismissed.

Match facts: We have won three of our last four home games – beating Berwick, Peterhead and Montrose and losing to Queen’s Park. Our overall Forthbank record this season is five wins, five defeats and no draws. Shire lost 4-2 at home to Peterhead on Saturday but their last two away games have produced a 2-2 draw at Montrose and a 4-3 win at Elgin.

Alan Newlands

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

Club shop: Open before the game

Magazine: If you didn’t get a copy of the February issue on Saturday, it will again be on sale before the Shire match.

Twitter: We will have live updates @Stirling_Albion

Weather forecast: Cold but should stay dry

Next meeting: Stirling Albion v East Stirlingshire, 09/03/13