Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald lamented his side’s failure to finish the tie when they were on top as Whitehill Welfare claimed a 2-2 draw at Forthbank on Saturday.
Both clubs now go into the hat for the William Hill Scottish Cup third-round draw on Monday afternoon, with the replay at Ferguson Park in the Midlothian town of Rosewell at the weekend.
Jordan White had a penalty saved before Wayne McIntosh headed the Lowland League side in front. We replied through a stunning Kieran McAnespie free-kick and White’s third goal of the season, only for Steven Manson to equalise with 12 minutes left.
McDonald said: “You have to give credit to Whitehill for coming back but we should have been way out of sight by that point. We had a one-on-one in the first couple of minutes, we missed a penalty and we had various other chances.
“At 2-1 up we were way on top and should have seen the game out. Whether it’s a lack of confidence or a lack of belief I’m not sure but we let Whitehill back into it.
“It’s a sore one because we now have a replay to deal with and we need to get the business done on Saturday. That said, aside from the Elgin result last week, we have been better away from home this season.”
Whitehill boss Mickey Lawson, an Albion legend from his time as a free-scoring striker at Annfield in the 1970s, said: “History tells you that you get one chance against a league side so it’s a bit bittersweet.
“Stirling probably had the better chances but we fought hard and I thought we deserved at least a draw – we might have had a penalty at the end when Willie Kidd went down in the box.
“It’s a great day for the club and an emotional one for me, meeting people I have not seen for 35 years.”