First-half goals from Jordan White and David Weatherston earned us a comfortable victory at Cliftonhill as we climbed to third place in League 2.
Our third straight league win – something last achieved under Allan Moore in the 2009/10 promotion season – moved us above Clyde on goal difference and we stay five points in front of Berwick with three matches remaining.
Greig McDonald’s men produced an accomplished performance and thoroughly deserved all three points as we beat the Scottish Cup quarter-finalists for the third time this season.
Conditions were difficult due to a strong wind and a bumpy pitch but the Binos were positive from the start, built a commanding lead, and never looked like conceding a goal in the second half.
McDonald made one change to the team that had grabbed a dramatic late win over Berwick the previous week, with Ross Forsyth replacing injured skipper Jamie Bishop.
Rovers came into the game on the back of a 2-1 home win over East Stirlingshire but nothing less than another victory would have kept their slim play-off hopes alive.
Stirling, with the wind behind them, looked in the mood from the off and Weatherston tested Neil Parry before Lee Hamilton seemed certain to score, only to send his header wide at the back post.
Hamilton had a penalty shout waved away before Weatherston forced another save from Parry and Chris Smith headed over from a Forsyth free-kick.
A goal was coming and it almost did – at the other end. Rovers hadn’t been seen as an attacking force until Ryan Donnelly came close then Pat Walker’s close-range effort was somehow diverted on to the bar by keeper David Crawford.
Almost immediately, we went in front. Phil Johnston did well on the right and calmly picked out White, who steered a terrific low shot into the corner for his 16th goal of the season and his first since the 3-2 win at Elgin at the end of February.
The second goal came three minutes before the break. Hamilton cut in from the left and his wind-assisted delivery bounced off the post, allowing Weatherston to nod the rebound into the empty net for his fourth goal in three matches.
It was a largely scrappy affair after the interval but we restricted James Ward’s team to very few openings on the way to a crucial win, with Elgin next up at Forthbank.
Albion Rovers: Parry, Reid, R Dunlop, Russell, Kennedy (Flood 59), M Dunlop, Cusack, Chaplain, Walker, R Donnelly, Phillips.
Subs (not used): McGuigan, C Donnelly, Innes, Tiffney, Crawford, McGinley (GK).
Stirling Albion: Crawford, Hamilton, Forsyth, McClune, McGeachie, C Smith, Johnston, Comrie (D Smith 82), White, Weatherston (Ashe 72), Weir (Ferry 85).
Subs (not used): Cunningham, Fulton, O’Byrne, Reidford (GK).
Scorers: White 30, Weatherston 42
Referee: Euan Anderson