The Scottish Cup takes centre stage this weekend as we head for Methil to take on East Fife at Bayview, where the teams drew 1-1 three weeks ago.
We are looking to build on an impressive performance in the 1-0 win over Clyde last Saturday while Gary Naysmith’s men drew 1-1 away to Berwick Rangers.
Team news: Willie Robertson returns after a one-match ban and fellow midfielder Craig Comrie is available despite being sent off at Broadwood on Saturday. Striker Craig Beattie and winger Phil Johnston remain on the injury list. Lee Hamilton is ruled out and skipper Ross McMillan faces a late fitness but Darren Smith is expected to be back in the squad.
Scottish Cup facts: Our best performance is the quarter-finals, which we last reached in 1989/90. Last season we saw off Hurlford United 13-12 in an incredible penalty shoot-out after our third-round replay ended 2-2 at Forthbank in Stuart McLaren’s first game in charge. We lost 2-0 at home to Raith Rovers in round four.
Past meetings: We make our second visit of the month to Bayview, having hit back for a 1-1 draw in Ladbrokes League 2 on October 3. Nathan Austin gave East Fife a deserved half-time lead but we were much improved after the break and Willie Robertson scored a terrific equaliser before being sent off for a second booking late on. This is the fourth Scottish Cup encounter between the teams but the first in Methil. We won 4-1 at Annfield in 1961/62 and 2-1 at Forthbank in 1999/00 but lost 2-1 during our tenancy at Ochilview in 1992/93.
Referee: Barry Cook
Admission: £13 adults, £10 concessions, £5 juveniles
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Distance: It’s just short of 50 miles from Forthbank to Bayview
Catering: The steak pies are highly recommended!
Replay date: The teams will try again at Forthbank on Tuesday November 3, kick-off 7.30pm, if it ends all square at Bayview
Round three: The winner can look forward to the next round on November 28
Next meeting: Stirling Albion v East Fife – 26/12/15
Our next game: Stirling Albion v East Stirlingshire – 31/10/15