Three goals in the closing 20 minutes gave Workington a deserved victory in the Raydale Cup on Saturday.
We will now play hosts Gretna 2008, beaten 2-0 by Annan, in the third-place play-off at 12 noon on Sunday.
New signings Greg Paterson, Craig Wedderburn, Gordon Smith and Lewis Coult started our first pre-season friendly and there were also places for Scott Davidson and Stephen Al-Sayed, who are likely to form part of our U20 squad.
Greig McDonald’s men shaded a first half of admittedly few chances, with Coult having a goal disallowed for offside then seeing a shot blocked after a good run and cross by Phil Johnston.
It was a different story after the break as Workington, relegated from the Conference North in May and now preparing for life in the Northern Premier League, took control.
Reds boss Gavin Skelton made a number of substitutions and that seemed to make a difference as we struggled to deal with their attacking threat.
A long-range shot crashed back off the bar and Paterson made a fine save from the rebound and there was another scare before the deadlock was broken in 70 minutes.
Chris Wraighte headed home from close range and Martyn Coleman converted the second goal eight minutes later after the ball was cut back from the right.
Danny Hodgson turned a defender and fired a low shot into the net to seal an emphatic win for Workington with a couple of minutes to go.
Stirling Albion: Greg Paterson, Blair Munn (Craig Comrie 69), Scott Davidson, Dale Fulton, Chris Smith, Craig Wedderburn, Phil Johnston, Graham Weir, Gordon Smith, Lewis Coult, Stephen Al-Sayed (Darren Lee Smith 69).