Our wait for a win goes on after joint leaders Elgin City came out on top in a game of few chances in the sunshine at Borough Briggs.
Kyle Macleod scored the only goal after 12 minutes as Jim Weir’s men completed an early-season double, having beaten us 3-2 in the Petrofac Training Cup last month.
On the back of our 3-1 home loss to Berwick, this performance was much improved, and we didn’t deserve to lose, but the result leaves us ninth in the table ahead of next weekend’s local derby with East Stirlingshire at Ochilview.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren was without Kevin McKinlay (suspended) and injured trio Craig Beattie, Phil Johnston and Darren Lee Smith. There was a place on the bench for U20 winger Tommy McAllister, who made his first-team debut as a late substitute.
We started the game in a positive fashion but Elgin, beaten 2-1 at East Fife in their previous game, took the lead against the run of play when Macleod turned a cross from Daniel Moore past Chris Smith.
Stirling tried to hit back and Steven Doris forced a fine save from on-loan St Johnstone keeper Mark Hurst, who pushed his free-kick round the post, and Willie Robertson was also denied.
Marc McKenzie fired a shot wide at the other end at the end of the first half but, on the balance of play, we were unfortunate to be behind at the break.
The second period saw us enjoy lots of possession but Elgin looked largely comfortable defending their narrow advantage while rarely threatening to add to it.
An equaliser almost arrived deep into stoppage time but substitute Salim Kouider-Aissa saw his effort scrambled off the line as the hosts held on.
Elgin City: Hurst, Cooper, McHardy, Gordon (MacPhee 45), Duff, Nicolson, McKenzie, Cameron, Gunn (Hunter 90), Macleod, Moore.
Subs (not used): McLean, Halsman, Bruce, Black (GK).
Scorer: Macleod 12
Stirling Albion: C Smith, McGeachie, Forsyth (Scott Davidson 79), Robertson, R Smith, McMillan, Hamilton (McAllister 79), Comrie, Doris, Dickson, Cunningham (Kouider-Aissa 65).
Subs (not used): McKenzie, McNab, Binnie (GK).
Referee: Craig Napier