Our season ended with a disappointing defeat at Broadwood as we finished seventh in Ladbrokes League 2.
Clyde were worthy winners and got the victory they required to clinch a play-off spot as Annan missed out in a four-way battle for three places on the last day.
A David Marsh double and a goal from David Gormley had the home side in command but we pulled one back through a terrific strike from substitute Scott Burns after Ross Smith had been sent off.
Stuart McLaren’s men made the short journey to Cumbernauld on the back of a five-match unbeaten run while the Bully Wee were without a victory in the same period.
We had won our final fixture in each of the past five years but were well beaten here as we lost to Barry Ferguson’s team for the third time this season.
There were three changes to the team that had beaten Annan 2-1 at Forthbank the previous week. Chris Smith returned in goal in place of Cammy Binnie while Ross McGeachie and Ross McMillan replaced injured duo Phil Johnston and Ross Forsyth.
Only four substitutes were listed and among them was U20 forward Sam Davidson, who came on for his debut – replacing Sean Dickson in the closing minutes.
Clyde thought they had gone ahead after just five minutes but Marsh’s header was ruled out for offside. However, the same player broke the deadlock in 14 minutes when he converted from close range after ex-Albion defender Chris Smith had nodded the ball into his path.
Moses Olanrewaju should have equalised two minutes later but hooked the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy after Dickson’s shot had been blocked.
The Bully Wee doubled their lead four minutes before the break when Marsh found space in the box to head a cross from the right firmly past Chris Smith.
Clyde came close on a couple of occasions early in the second half but claimed their third goal just after the hour mark when Gormley found the net after his initial effort had been saved.
Ross Smith saw red in 66 minutes for a late challenge on Scott Linton that might have been a yellow card on another day but we got a goal back late on when Burns smacked a superb shot beyond John Gibson and into the top corner from 25 yards.
Clyde: Gibson, M McLaughlin (Andrews 68), Smith, Marsh, McMann, Linton, S McLaughlin, Kirkpatrick, Millen, Gemmell (Watson 61), Gormley (Brisbane 88).
Subs (not used): Bolochoweckyj, Glackin, Waters (GK).
Goals: Marsh 14, 41, Gormley 62
Stirling Albion: C Smith, Verlaque, Scott Davidson, McGeachie, R Smith, McMillan, Olanrewaju, Mazel (Burns 76), Doris, McLear (Kavanagh 59), Dickson (Sam Davidson 88). Sub (not used): Binnie (GK)
Goal: Burns 84
Referee: Gavin Ross