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Stirling 0 Berwick 0

Stirling 0 Berwick 0

Stirling ended the first quarter of the Ladbrokes League 2 campaign with a hard-fought draw against a Berwick side who remain unbeaten away from home this season.

Albion had more of the play and the better of the chances but clear-cut opportunities were at a premium on a sodden surface that saw both sets of players struggle to keep their feet at times.

Berwick finished with 10 men after ex-Forthbank full-back Kevin McKinlay saw red in stoppage time following an altercation with team-mate Brian Martin.

Binos caretaker boss Martyn Corrigan made two changes to the team that beat Cowdenbeath at Central Park a fortnight ago. Bryan Hodge returned from injury in place of trialist James Fowler – now No 2 at St Mirren – while Scott Davidson came in for Ross Smith, who had failed a fitness test.

There was no faulting the effort put in but we couldn’t find the killer touch in the final third, although Marc McKenzie was only just too high with a 20-yarder in the second half.

We created some good openings but weren’t able to make the most of them on a day when neither goalkeeper had too much to do. Jordyn Sheerin fired a long-range drive narrowly wide for John Coughlin’s men but the big talking point was two penalty appeals – one for each team.

Berwick had a big shout midway through the second half when Sean Dickson appeared to catch McKinlay then, right at the end, substitute Blair Henderson seemed to be barged in the back but again referee Mike Taylor waved away the claims.

The result leaves us seventh in the table, with nine points from nine games, as we prepare to face Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup at Prestonfield next weekend.

Stirling Albion: C Smith, McGeachie, McMillan, Scott Davidson, Petrie, Hodge, Dickson, McKenzie, D Smith (Olanrewaju 63), Ferns (Kavanagh 86), Layne (Henderson 74).
Subs (not used): Verlaque, McCue, Morrison, Binnie (GK).

Berwick Rangers: Walker, Beveridge, McKinlay, Notman, Wilson, Fairbairn, Thomson, Martin, Lavery, Hurst (Watt 81), Sheerin.
Subs (not used): Hogg, Orru, Dolan, Hamilton, Brennan (GK).

Referee: Mike Taylor

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