Mark Ferry’s early goal proved decisive as Albion edged a dour struggle at the Excelsior Stadium to move up to third place in League 2.
There were less than three minutes gone when Jordan White took advantage of poor defending to pick out Ferry at the far post and the midfielder lashed a shot high into the net to condemn his former club to a seventh defeat in eight matches.
It was our third win of the season against the bottom side without conceding a goal but it was a poor game of football, with both goalkeepers virtually redundant.
Crucially, Ferry – who scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner against East Stirlingshire last weekend – popped up with his fifth goal of 2013/14 to give us our first away victory since when we beat the Spiders 2-0 at Hampden in August.
Binos boss Greig McDonald made two changes to the XI that started against the Shire, with Ferry and David McClune replacing Kieran McAnespie and Sandy Cunningham, as we made the short journey to Queen’s Park’s temporary home in Airdrie as Hampden is being revamped for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Our record when scoring first in League 2 is impressive – eight wins and two draws – but we rarely looked like adding to our early advantage, with moves continually breaking down and goalmouth incident was at a premium.
The hosts rallied in the second half and Liam Gormley missed a good chance when he got his timing all wrong while Ross Fisher headed narrowly wide but we generally defended well, with on-loan Rangers defender Luca Gasparotto solid in his final match for the Binos before heading to Florida for a training camp with Canada.
Queen’s Park, with Richard Sinclair still in temporary charge as they seek a new manager following the departure of Gardner Speirs, had a couple of penalty shouts turned down but we held on to make it seven points from the last three matches.
Queen’s Park: Birnstingl, Fisher, Coll, Gibson, Brough, Keenan, Spittal, Anderson, Collins (Quinn 84), Gormley (Vitoria 70), Gallacher (Davison 79). Subs (not used): McVey, Mitchell, Burns, Lochhead (GK).
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McClune (McGeachie 70), Ashe, Fulton, Bishop, Gasparotto, Johnston (Cunningham 70), Forsyth, White, Weir, Ferry (Comrie 74). Subs (not used): McAnespie, Day, Munn, Reidford (GK).
Scorer: Ferry 3
Referee: Colin Steven