Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren was delighted to mark his first year in charge with a 1-0 win over East Fife in Tuesday’s William Hill Scottish Cup second-round replay.
Steven Doris scored the only goal direct from a free-kick after 14 minutes to set up a third-round meeting with Lowland League side Cumbernauld Colts at Forthbank on Saturday November 28.
McLaren said: “There were some anxious moments but I thought that we handled things well overall and stood up when East Fife put us under pressure.
“It was a great goal from Steven and I’m really pleased for him because he has led the line very well in recent weeks and was unlucky not to score at the weekend.
“We look forward to the next round against Cumbernauld Colts. It’s a winnable tie but they will feel the same. The immediate focus is the Berwick game on Saturday and trying to keep our improved run going and get up the table.
“Unfortunately, Ross McMillan suffered a hamstring injury and he is likely to be out for a few weeks at least. He will have a scan on Saturday morning and we should get the results at the start of next week.”
East Fife manager Gary Naysmith said: “We totally dominated and missed a number of clear-cut chances. We delivered a performance that should have taken us through but credit to Stirling for defending well and good luck to them in the next round.”