We welcome Montrose to Forthbank on Saturday for a crucial game as both teams chase a play-off place. Stirling Albion go into the match still fourth in the League 2 table despite a four-game winless run but we are ahead of East Stirlingshire only on goal difference and Stuart Garden’s Montrose are only three points further back.
Team news: David McClune returns after a two-match ban but fellow midfielder Darren Smith remains doubtful with a calf knock. Long-term absentee Brian Allison is still sidelined and U19 midfielder Blair Munn has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage at training on Thursday night.
Facts and figures: We have drawn our last two home games with Queen’s Park and Elgin but our only Forthbank defeat since September came against leaders Peterhead last month. Montrose have won just one of five away games since the turn of the year, 3-2 at Elgin, but back-to-back home victories against Albion Rovers and East Stirlingshire have revived their play-off hopes.
Recent meetings: We drew 0-0 at Links Park at the beginning of February and have already beaten Montrose twice this season, winning 2-1 away on the opening day with goals from Dale Fulton and Mark Ferry and 3-1 at home in October when Chris Smith, Jordan White and Sandy Cunningham were on target. Montrose held the upper hand last season, with two victories to our one.
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Last five league form: Stirling Albion WDLDL Montrose WDWLW
Shut-outs: Stirling Albion 6 Montrose 8
Failed to score: Stirling Albion 6 Montrose 8
Admission: Adults £10, Seniors & Students £7, U17s £5
Magazine: Another chance to buy the March issue, priced £3
Lottery: Tickets on sale before the game
Club shop: Find us in the West Stand. Open before the game
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Radio Royal: Sandy Morton will provide commentary for patients in Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Our next game: Annan Athletic v Stirling Albion – Saturday March 29