Stirling Albion welcome Dunfermline to Forthbank on Saturday as we bid to bounce back from last week’s 2-0 defeat at Stranraer. We are looking for our first home league win of the season after defeats to Ayr United and Brechin City and a 2-2 draw with Forfar. The Fife club arrive on the back of a 3-0 victory against eight-man Peterhead at East End Park.
Team news: Winger Phil Johnston and midfielder Craig Comrie remain on the injury list but Graham Weir is set to return to the squad after missing last week’s game at Stair Park. A number of the squad have been affected by a sickness bug this week but it is hoped they will be fine for Saturday.
Opponents: Jim Jefferies’ side are odds-on favourites to win League 1 and are a point behind early leaders Forfar. They have taken 10 points out of 12 at East End Park and have yet to concede a goal at home but have lost at Forfar and Morton on their travels, winning their other away match 2-1 at Stranraer. Former Reading striker Gozie Ugwu is their top scorer, with four goals in League 1. Fellow summer signing Michael Moffat has netted three times in the league since moving from Ayr United.
Past meetings: The most recent Forthbank meeting was a 1-1 draw in a midweek fixture in March 2011. Ryan Borris scored our goal after Andy Kirk struck early and we held on despite a red card for Michael Doyle. Four days later we had Paul McHale and Martyn Corrigan dismissed in a 4-1 defeat at East End Park. John Kane was our goalscorer. Martin Hardie hit a hat-trick for the Pars, who had Gary Mason sent off. Our last win against Dunfermline was 3-0 at Forthbank in October 2007 when Colin Cramb, Steven Bell and David McKenna scored in front of 1,590 fans.
League form: Stirling Albion DLWDLDL Dunfermline DLWWWLW
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £8, U17s £5, U12s FREE!
Magazine: First chance to buy the October issue, priced £3
Lottery: Tickets on sale before the game. Jackpot now £19,750!
Club shop: Find us in the West Stand. Open before and after the game
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Forfar Athletic, Brechin City v Morton, Peterhead v Ayr United, Stenhousemuir v Stranraer
Our next game: Morton v Stirling Albion – 11/10/14 – kick-off 1.00pm
Next game v Dunfermline: East End Park – 22/11/14