We play our first home game of 2015 on Saturday when Dunfermline visit Forthbank. We are looking to build on the 2-1 win over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview and end our wait for a League 1 victory at Forthbank as we seek to close the five-point gap on second-bottom Ayr United.
Team news: Goalkeeper Callum Reidford is available following a one-match ban but midfielder Darren Lee Smith remains on the sidelines after knee surgery. Striker Scott Shepherd has joined on loan from Falkirk until the end of the season but Lewis Small has returned to the Falkirk Stadium after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend. Midfielder Angus Beith’s loan deal from Hearts has been extended until January 24. Dunfermline are without the banned Andy Geggan and the injured Ryan Williamson but former Forfar defender Jim Paterson could make his debut for the Pars.
Opponents: John Potter, who was U20 coach at the East End Park club, recently replaced Jim Jefferies as manager. The Pars are fourth in the table and drew 1-1 at home to Peterhead last weekend while their away record in League 1 is three wins, one draw and four defeats. Dunfermline were runners-up to Rangers last season but lost to Cowdenbeath in the play-off final. They currently trail leaders Stranraer by eight points but have a game in hand.
Past meetings: Dunfermline won 2-0 at Forthbank on October 4 thanks to late goals from Shaun Byrne and Faissal El Bakhtaoui on a day when we had Craig Wedderburn sent off. The Pars triumphed 4-0 at East End Park in November – Willie Robertson saw red and Gozie Ugwu hit a hat-trick but he left at the end of December. Our last win over Dunfermline was 3-0 at Forthbank in October 2007 but the Fife club have won seven and drawn one of the eight league meetings since then.
Referee: Crawford Allan
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £8, U17s £5, U12s FREE!
Magazine: First chance to buy the January issue, priced £3
Lottery: Tickets on sale before the game. Jackpot is £2,250!
Weather: Very cold and very windy.
Club shop: Find us in the West Stand. Hats and scarves available (see weather!)
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Fundraising: We will be supporting the Samaritans by holding a collection
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrie v Peterhead, Brechin v Ayr United, Stenhousemuir v Morton, Stranraer v Forfar
Next game: Peterhead v Stirling Albion – 17/01/15
Next game v Dunfermline: East End Park – 14/03/15