Second-half goals from David Weatherston and Jordan White earned Greig McDonald’s men a deserved win over the Scottish Cup quarter-finalists at Forthbank.
The result sees us leapfrog Berwick into fifth spot but we are just two points behind second-placed Annan going into next weekend’s game at Elgin City.
Injury, illness and suspension saw a number of players ruled out and McDonald and assistant manager Marc McCulloch were on the bench.
The starting XI showed four changes from the team that lost 2-1 to Peterhead, with keeper David Crawford recalled along with Stephen Day, Ross McGeachie and Mark Ferry as Callum Reidford, Graham Weir, Ross Forsyth and Dale Fulton dropped out.
Chances were at a premium in an even first half. Dominic Kennedy, making his debut for James Ward’s team, was denied by Crawford after a great run into the area while Day should have given us the lead right on the interval but he failed to convert Weatherston’s cross with the goal gaping.
The introduction of U19 player Lee Hamilton had a major impact on the game and in 67 minutes his powerful run and cross was headed home from close range by Weatherston for his second goal of the season.
Rovers, who lost Liam Cusack to a suspected broken toe in the first half, rarely threatened an equaliser and Jordan White was rewarded for his work-rate when he tucked away Day’s cross for his 13th goal of 2013/14 with eight minutes left to leave the Coatbridge men without a win on the road since September.
There was still time for youth team graduate Reece Boyle to make his debut as a late substitute for Day as we beat Rovers for the second time at Forthbank this season.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Ashe, D Smith (Hamilton 62), Bishop, O’Byrne, Comrie, Ferry, White, Weatherston (Cunningham 85), Day (Boyle 90).
Subs (not used): Munn, McDonald, McCulloch, Reidford (GK).
Scorers: Weatherston 67, White 82
Albion Rovers: Parry, Maguire (Innes 72), R Dunlop, Russell, Kennedy (Walker 72), M Dunlop, Chaplain, Cusack (Crawford 16), McGuigan, Dallas, Phillips.
Subs (not used): Flood, Tiffney, McGinley (GK).
Referee: Ian MacNabb