Our seven-match unbeaten run came to an end at a freezing Shielfield on Tuesday night as Lee Currie grabbed a late winner to boost Berwick’s play-off hopes and leave us seventh in the table.
The former Hibernian player, who had a brief spell with the Binos in 2010/11, struck a 20-yard free-kick which took a massive deflection off the wall to give Sam Filler no chance with just three minutes of a hard-fought encounter remaining.
It was a cruel blow for Greig McDonald’s men, who had given everything in their fourth Tuesday fixture in a row and looked on course for a precious point against Ian Little’s team.
Currie scored two free-kicks at Forthbank when we beat Berwick 6-3 in December and was also on target when we slumped 4-1 at Shielfield in September – incredibly all four of his league goals have come against Stirling this season.
He should have had another but missed a penalty after just 12 minutes. Jamie Bishop caught Scott Dalziel and was booked but Currie saw his kick brilliantly saved by Filler, who dived low to his left to push the ball round the post.
Albion named the same XI who started Saturday’s 2-1 win against Elgin as we faced a Berwick outfit who had lost only twice at home in 2012/13 and were two points above us in the table.
Both teams had chances in a lively first half. Steve Notman fired a shot inches wide for Berwick, while Jordan White was agonisingly close to the opener when he got on the end of a Scott Davidson cross and sent his effort narrowly past the post.
The second half was an often scrappy affair, with both teams hampered by a bumpy pitch and defences on top, but there was no lack of endeavour and we looked comfortable against a Berwick side who like to get the ball forward quickly.
There was a let-off five minutes before the end when Fraser McLaren pounced on a poor pass-back from Ross Forsyth but the midfielder hit the post.
It looked like ending goalless but when Bishop was penalised for a foul just outside the area, Currie stepped up to blast the ball high into the net.
Berwick Rangers: McCallum, Jacobs, Gielty, Townsley, Brydon, Currie, McLaren, Notman, Carse (Lavery 59), Dalziel (Janczyk 89), McDonald (Addison 70). Subs (not used): McLean, Tufail (GK).
Scorer: Currie 87
Stirling Albion: Filler, McCunnie, Forsyth, McClune (Day 89), Allison, Bishop, McAnespie, Ferry, White, Davidson, Johnston (Flood 70). Subs (not used): Thom, Ashe, Cleland (GK).
Referee: Euan Anderson