Clyde moved level with East Stirlingshire at the top of the table as we paid the price for a poor first-half performance at Broadwood.
Goals from David Marsh and Scott Ferguson had Jim Duffy’s side in command at the interval but Greig McDonald’s men came storming back after the break and will still be wondering how they left Cumbernauld empty handed.
Bradley Coyne reduced the deficit early in the second half and Bully Wee keeper Jamie Barclay was then the home hero, pulling off fine saves to deny Coyne, Phil Johnston and substitute Sandy Cunningham.
Albion had Clyde under siege in the closing stages and defender Chris Smith saw his effort turned on to the crossbar by a defender before Barclay produced an incredible 94th-minute stop to somehow divert Coyne’s vicious, deflected free-kick over the bar.
There was one final chance, with Ross Forsyth heading the resulting corner just too high but Clyde clung on despite the dismissal of Gavin Brown for a second yellow card in the dying seconds.
Only four points separate nine clubs in an unbelievably tight League 2 and Stirling begin the second quarter of their campaign at home to Albion Rovers on Tuesday at least boosted by their performance in the second half at Broadwood.
Binos boss McDonald named the same team that was so impressive in beating Montrose 3-1 last week but Albion were completely off the pace in the first half.
Marsh slammed home the opening goal in 11 minutes when he got on the end of Stuart McColm’s driven cross from the left wing and Ferguson doubled Clyde’s lead in the 40th-minute via the post from close range after Stefan McCluskey seized on an error from Johnston to provide the assist.
In truth, it could have been worse, with Pat Scullion missing two great opportunities, while Stirling barely threatened against a Clyde team who had lost their last two home games.
McDonald replaced top scorer Jordan White with Graham Weir at the break and the former Hearts man made an impact as we dominated proceedings, Clyde’s only chance falling to Marsh who fired over when he got on the end of a long throw-in from John Sweeney.
Coyne’s crisp finish – his first goal for the club – gave us hope and we should have taken something from the game but ultimately left ourselves too much to do after a poor first half as Clyde followed up last week’s win at Berwick with another victory.
Clyde: Barclay, Brown, MacDonald, Capuano, Marsh, McQueen, Ferguson (Fitzharris 85), Sweeney, Scullion (Daly 85), McCluskey, McColm.
Subs (not used): Frances, MacBeth, Dickie, Watt, Rajovic (GK).
Scorers: Marsh 11, Ferguson 40
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Ashe, McClune (Fulton 70), Bishop, Smith, Johnston (Cunningham 73), Ferry, White (Weir 46), Coyne, Forsyth.
Subs (not used): Day, Clark, Munn, Reidford (GK).
Scorer: Coyne 56
Referee: Greg Aitken