Our wait for a home win in League 1 goes on after in-form Brechin edged a tight encounter of few chances.
We were the better team in the first half but the visitors improved after the break and Alan Trouten’s 61st-minute penalty was decisive at Forthbank.
The result lifted Ray McKinnon’s men into the play-off places, and extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games, while we remain eight points adrift of Stenhousemuir at the foot of the table.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made two changes to the team beaten 4-1 by Ayr United the previous week, with skipper Ross Forsyth replacing Lee Hamilton and Sandy Cunningham restored to the side in place of on-loan Falkirk forward Scott Shepherd.
We started the game well – Cunningham forced a good save from Graeme Smith and Craig Comrie had a shot blocked before Gordon Smith’s header from an Angus Beith free-kick was tipped over.
Brechin, captained by ex-Bino Craig Molloy, looked flat and Greg Paterson was rarely tested in the first half but the visitors came out stronger after the interval and defender Paul McLean blazed over from a good position.
The key moment came just after the hour mark when Trouten latched on to an Andy Jackson header from a corner and was tripped by full-back Kevin McKinlay.
There was no doubt about the award and the former Queen’s Park player, who scored twice in a 5-0 win for Brechin here in September, coolly slotted home the spot-kick.
City defended well and we rarely looked like getting back on level terms. Colin Hamilton had the ball in the net for the Glebe Park side with nine minutes left but the whistle had gone for a foul on keeper Paterson as we slipped to a fifth straight defeat.
Stirling Albion: Paterson, McGeachie, Forsyth, Beith, McKinlay, C Smith, Johnston (Shepherd 65), Comrie, Coult, G Smith, Cunningham.
Subs (not used): Wedderburn, Robertson, Herron, Paton, Hamilton, Reidford (GK).
Brechin City: Smith, McLean, Hamilton, McCormack, McLauchlan, Fusco (Storie 59), Trouten, Molloy, A Jackson (Durojaiye 80), Thomson, Barr.
Subs (not used): Ferguson, McNeil, S Jackson, Tapping, O’Neil (GK).
Scorer: Trouten pen 61
Referee: Colin Steven