Albion go into next weekend’s home game with leaders East Stirlingshire joint top of the table after an important win against the pre-season title favourites.
Both teams ended the match with 10 men after Blue Toon sub Andy Rodgers and Stirling skipper Jamie Bishop, who had earlier been booked, were red carded in the 81st minute for an off-the-ball incident that was spotted by the assistant.
Peterhead, missing last year’s top scorer Rory McAllister, enjoyed plenty of the ball but it was Greig McDonald’s side who took their chances in our first Forthbank encounter in League 2.
Full-back Ross McGeachie returned to the starting XI in place of Jamie McCunnie while Stephen Day was back in the squad after a one-match ban.
Recent signing Dale Fulton broke the deadlock in 27 minutes when he robbed defender Bryan Gilfillan and ran on to beat former Kilmarnock and Rangers keeper Graeme Smith with a shot that went in off the left-hand post.
It was the ex-Falkirk midfielder’s second goal in only his second game for the Binos, following his debut strike in last week’s 2-1 win at Montrose.
Winger Phil Johnston sealed the points 15 minutes from time when he picked up a loose ball and thundered a superb 25-yard drive into the corner.
Before that, Crawford had made a wonderful save to keep out a Gilfillan header as Peterhead, who kicked off with a 2-2 home draw against Annan last Saturday, enjoyed a good start to the second half, but in general they failed to create many openings.
Fulton was denied when his shot was cleared off the line by a defender but Johnston’s second goal for Stirling made the game safe to leave us on the six-point mark, along with fellow early pacesetters East Stirlingshire and Albion Rovers.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Forsyth, McAnespie, Bishop, Smith, Johnston, Ferry (McClune 75), White, Weir (McCunnie 84), Fulton (Weatherston 66).
Subs (not used): Coyne, Day, Clark, Robertson (GK).
Scorers: Fulton 27, Johnston 75
Peterhead: Smith, Sharp, Noble, Strachan, Ross, Cowie (McGlinchey 75), Cox (McLaren 66), Redman, McCann (Rodgers 66), Brown, Gilfillan.
Subs (not used): Buchan, Richardson, Fitzgerald, Jarvie (GK).
Referee: Euan Anderson