Stirling Albion travel to Station Park on Saturday to play League 1 leaders Forfar in part one of an away double header, with a pre-Christmas trip to Ayr next up. We are seeking only our second league win of the season as we bid to close the six-point gap on Airdrie and Stenhousemuir in what will be our first fixture on Forfar’s artificial pitch.
Team news: Midfielder Willie Robertson is out as he completes a three-match ban and Darren Lee Smith is again sidelined with a knee problem. The game is also likely to come too soon for striker Lewis Coult as he recovers from an ankle injury. Forfar boss Dick Campbell expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from.
Opponents: Forfar are two points clear of Dunfermline, Stranraer and Morton and have an outstanding home record in League 1 this season, with six wins and a draw, against Stranraer, so far, although Cowdenbeath won at Station Park in the Scottish Cup. The Loons have won their last two matches by 2-0 margins, at home to Ayr and away to Stenhousemuir on Saturday.
Past meetings: It was 2-2 at Forthbank in September when we were fortunate to escape with a point after a double from substitute Sandy Cunningham cancelled out goals from Omar Kader and Gavin Swankie. Our last visit to Station Park was a 4-3 defeat in March 2012 when Dick Campbell’s side grabbed a last-minute winner. The 6-0 and 4-1 victories at Forfar during our 1995/96 title-winning season were particularly memorable but we have not won there since a 2-0 success in March 2007.
Last five league form: Forfar DLDWW Stirling Albion DLDLL
Referee: Gavin Ross
Admission: Adults £12, Concessions £6 (£13/£7 for the stand)
Weather: Looking a touch on the chilly side!
Supporters Bar: Albion fans are welcome in the 1984 Lounge from 12.30pm
Return visit: Saturday March 28, 2015
Our next game: Ayr United v Stirling Albion – 20/12/14
Other League 1 games: Airdrie v Dunfermline, Ayr United v Stenhousemuir, Morton v Brechin City, Peterhead v Stranraer