Willie Gibson scored the only goal midway through the second half to take Stranraer to the top of League 1 and leave us still searching for a home win.
Admission prices had been cut for the midweek fixture, that was due to be played on Saturday March 7 but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but it was a frustrating night for the home fans.
It was a poor game of a few clear-cut chances but Gibson’s free-kick proved decisive as Stephen Aitken’s men recovered from back-to-back defeats.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made one change to the team that drew at Dunfermline, with on-loan winger Andy Stirling replacing Sandy Cunningham.
Steven Doris, Darren Lee Smith and Angus Beith were ruled out and there was a place on the bench for U20 midfielder Ally Petrie.
The best of the first-half chances fell to the visitors but Sean Winter sent a header wide and the same player was thwarted by a terrific block from Callum Reidford.
We had our best spell early in the second half but Lewis Coult was denied his first Albion goal when David Mitchell managed to block his shot with a reaction save after the ex-Airdrie striker had diverted Willie Robertson’s drive towards the net.
A first goalless draw since the stalemate at Airdrie in August looked on the cards but Stranraer took the lead in 68 minutes.
Craig Comrie conceded a free-kick for a push on Jamie Longworth and Gibson’s curling shot was missed by everyone and sneaked just inside the right-hand post.
Thereafter, we never looked like getting back in the game and Steven Bell, on as a substitute for fellow ex-Bino Chris Aitken, saw his effort deflected narrowly wide as the visitors chased a second goal.
Peterhead visit Forthbank on Saturday as our search for a first home win of the season in League 1 goes on.
Stirling Albion: Reidford, McGeachie, McKinlay, Robertson, Cummins, C Smith, Johnston (Hamilton 67), Comrie, Coult, G Smith (Shepherd 80), Stirling (Cunningham 71). Subs (not used): Forsyth, Petrie, Weir, Paterson (GK).
Stranraer: Mitchell, Pettigrew, Longridge, Rumsby, McKeown, Aitken (Bell 71), Winter, Gallagher, Malcolm (Stoney 82), Longworth (Stirling 88), Gibson.
Subs (not used): Robertson, Russell, Tobin (GK).
Scorer: Gibson 68
Referee: Crawford Allan