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Annan v Stirling preview

Annan v Stirling preview

Stirling Albion make the 100-mile journey south to Annan on Saturday for what will be only our second visit to Galabank. Last week’s defeat to Peterhead was just our second loss in 14 matches but we face an Annan side in good form, having taken seven points from their last nine, dropping us to eighth place in Division Three with three games to play.

Team news: We are without defensive trio Ross Forsyth and Brian Allison (both injured) and Jamie Bishop (work commitments) so Jamie Clark has been recalled from his loan spell at Bo’ness United. Midfielder David McClune is suspended. Annan are still without Graeme Ramage but Steven Swinglehurst and David Murray return.

Past meetings: This is the first season the teams have met since Annan joined the SFL in 2008 and all three games have been won by the home side. Albion triumphed 5-1 on the opening day and we followed that up with a 2-1 victory in February. Annan enjoyed a 5-2 triumph on the plastic pitch at Galabank in November, on a day when Sam Filer and Gary Thom were sent off.

Match facts: Annan leapfrogged us last weekend, winning 2-1 at East Stirlingshire as we went down 1-0 at home to Peterhead. The Galabankies defeated Queen’s Park 2-0 in their previous home match but we have the chance to go back above them if we can win away for only the second time this term. We have drawn our last three on the road – against Rangers, Queen’s Park and Montrose.

Jim Chapman: “We have been playing at a good standard for a few games now but it was good to add wins to that as they build confidence.”

Greig McDonald: “We want to finish a season that began slowly as high up the table as possible and some of our players are also playing for contracts.”

Last five form: Annan LLDWW Stirling Albion DWDDL

Referee: Colin Steven

Admission: Adults £10, Concessions £5

Weather: Looking like a dry and bright day

Other Division Three games: Clyde v Montrose, Elgin v Berwick, Queen’s Park v East Stirling, Rangers v Peterhead

Next match: Stirling Albion v Elgin City – Saturday April 27