Queen’s Park hit back from two goals down to deny Albion a second away win of the season at Hampden on Tuesday night, leaving us seven points short of the play-offs with five matches remaining.
Gary Thom headed us into an early lead from Kieran McAnespie’s free-kick and Scott Davidson finished off a fine move 10 minutes after the restart with his sixth goal of the season from a Jordan White assist.
Midfielder David Anderson pulled one back with an angled drive just two minutes later and winger Aidan Connolly, son of former Albion favourite Paddy, earned the Spiders a deserved draw when he held off Jamie McCunnie and drilled a low shot beyond Sam Filler with 13 minutes left.
Queen’s Park, beaten here by Elgin on Saturday, finished the game strongly, and there was a lucky escape when Jamie Longworth was denied from close range, but our good run now stands at just one defeat in 12 matches.
Jamie Bishop (suspended) and Brian Allison (injured) missed out but Ross Forsyth returned and Graham Weir got the nod ahead of Phil Johnston in midfield.
Greig McDonald’s side always looked a threat going forward and Neil Parry somehow kept out a Josh Flood effort after White’s header from a Davidson cross had come back off the post.
That would have given us a 2-0 lead at the break but Gardner Speirs’ team, who are in second place despite winning just four times at home, played some good stuff in the second period, retaining possession for long spells.
We remain without a win at Hampden since February 2004 but the point was our first against Queen’s Park this term and we are on the road again on Saturday when we face Montrose at Links Park.
Queen’s Park: Parry, Gallacher (Davison 71), Robertson, Little, Bradley, McParland, Connolly, Anderson, Longworth, Keenan (Shankland 89), Spittal.
Subs (not used): Capuano, Gibson, Lochhead (GK).
Scorers: Anderson 57, Connolly 77
Stirling Albion: Filler, McCunnie, McAnespie, McClune, Thom, Forsyth, Flood (Johnston 46), Ferry, White, Davidson (Ashe 66), Weir (Cunningham 79).
Subs (not used): McGeachie, Crawford (GK).
Scorers: Thom 12, Davidson 55
Referee: David Somers