Stirling Albion welcome Berwick Rangers to Forthbank on Saturday for our first home match since the record-breaking 9-1 win over East Stirlingshire three weeks ago. Berwick’s four-game winning run without conceding a goal was ended by Peterhead last weekend but they remain in a play-off place and we need all three points to retain our own top-four ambitions.
Team news: Albion are without defender Jamie Bishop, who has received a two-match ban for what was deemed to be violent conduct on Barrie McKay in last week’s 0-0 draw at Ibrox. Ross Forsyth is rated a doubt but Brian Allison and Kieran McAnespie return from suspension. Berwick are missing Dougie Brydon but Dean Carse and Phil Addison are expected to make it.
Past meetings: Home advantage has been decisive so far. Berwick beat us 4-1 at Shielfield in September but we gained revenge with a 6-3 victory at Forthbank in December. Lee Currie’s deflected free-kick was the difference between the teams earlier this month. Prior to this season, Berwick’s last visit to Forthbank was for a Challenge Cup tie in August 2005, which we won 2-1.
Match facts: We have lost just one of our last nine home games – 3-2 to Queen’s Park in January – and our only loss in 10 matches overall was at Berwick on March 5. We haven’t conceded more than a single goal in any game during that period. Only Rangers and Berwick have won more home games than the Binos this term. The Borderers won 3-0 at East Stirling in their last away outing but have notched up just three wins on their travels overall.
Greig McDonald: “Berwick are the only team to have beaten us in our last 10 games so we know we are in for a tough contest.”
Ian Little: “Stirling have improved throughout the season and three points would keep their play-off hopes alive so we need to play well.”
Last five form: Stirling Albion DWLWD Berwick Rangers WWWWL
Referee: George Salmond
Admission: £10 adults, £7 seniors/students, £5 children U17
Fans: Only the West Stand will open. Berwick fans should use turnstiles 3 & 4
Supporters Bar: Open before and after the game – all welcome
Club shop: Open before the match
Lottery: Jackpot now £14,250. Make sure you get your ticket!
Magazine: Last chance to buy the March issue, priced £3
Twitter: We will have live updates @Stirling_Albion
Weather forecast: Dry but cold. Again!
Other Division Three games: Montrose v Rangers (12 noon), Clyde v East Stirlingshire, Peterhead v Annan, Queen’s Park v Elgin
Our next match: Queen’s Park v Stirling Albion, 02/04/13