Gavin Malin’s 38th-minute goal moved Forfar to within a point of leaders Stranraer as our wait for a first home win in League 1 went on.
Chris Smith was sent off just 60 seconds after the interval and we struggled to create openings against a well-organised team.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made one change to the team beaten 2-1 at Peterhead – new signing Kevin McKinlay made his debut at left-back in place of James Creaney, who was sidelined along with Steven Doris, Graham Weir, Darren Lee Smith and Lewis Coult (suspended).
After a cold week, the game went ahead after two pitch inspections but there was a flat feel to the first half, with neither side creating much, although the visitors always looked the more likely to score.
The deadlock was broken seven minutes before the break when Gavin Swankie made space on the left and cut the ball back for Malin and the ex-Spartans midfielder had a simple finish from close range.
Our hopes of a comeback suffered a major blow just after the break. Skipper Chris Smith challenged Martyn Fotheringham, who had latched on to a long ball, and referee Barry Cook felt there was sufficient contact to award the free-kick and a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Forfar controlled most of the second half and lively winger Danny Denholm and Malin missed good chances to extend their lead.
Visiting keeper Rab Douglas was rarely called into action but the 42-year-old did well to clutch a powerful drive from Angus Beith in stoppage time.
Stirling Albion: Paterson, McGeachie, McKinlay, Beith, Wedderburn, C Smith, Johnston (Paton 79), Comrie, Shepherd (Hamilton 50), G Smith, Cunningham.
Subs (not used): Robertson, Forsyth, Herron, McClune, Reidford (GK).
Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Travis, Campbell, Malcolm, Dods, Young (Husband 90), Kader (Templeman 70), Malin, Fotheringham (Dale 79), Swankie, Denholm.
Subs (not used): James, Dunlop, Steeves, Salmon (GK).
Scorer: Malin 38
Referee: Barry Cook