Dave Mackay’s new-look side swept to an emphatic win over Clyde to move to within four points of the top four in an incredibly tight division.
Ross Kavanagh’s first-half header broke the deadlock and a second-half double from French striker Dylan Nguene Bikey sealed a crucial victory as the Bully Wee’s poor run continued.
There were debuts for Liam Caddis, Frazer Wright, Conor Quigley and Connor McLaren. Willie Robertson started the first game of his second spell at the club and Kavanagh and Angus Beith took the number of changes from the side beaten by Cowdenbeath on Hogmanay to seven.
Chris Smith, Jack McCue, Ross McGeachie, Callumn Morrison and Moses Olanrewaju all missed out through injury, while Marc McKenzie was left out, with his departure confirmed after the match.
There wasn’t too much between the teams in the first half in terms of chances created but we went ahead in 29 minutes when left-back Quigley, on loan from Dundee, dug out a fine cross from the left and Kavanagh guided a terrific header past keeper Brett Long for his first goal of the season.
David Gormley wasted a good opportunity to equalise but the second half was a story of Albion dominance – we played some terrific football and had the chances to have won by a bigger margin while we limited Clyde to very little.
French forward Bikey doubled our lead midway through the second period with a superb goal. The excellent Angus Beith picked him out with a perfect pass down the left and Bikey cut inside and smashed a wonderful angled shot into the far corner.
The outstanding Bikey scored again eight minutes later, taking his tally to seven goals in seven games with a confident finish after being picked out by sub Darren Smith.
It was a great start to 2017 and a boost ahead of the Scottish Cup fourth-round meeting between the teams at Forthbank on January 21.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, Caddis, Wright, McMillan, Quigley, McLaren (Henderson 67), Colquhoun, Robertson, Beith, Bikey (Dickson 82), Kavanagh (D Smith 61).
Subs (not used): R Smith, Petrie, Verlaque, Fallens (GK).
Goals: Kavanagh 29, Bikey 66, 74
Clyde: Long, McNeil, Johnston, Perry, McLaughlin (Flynn 63), Linton (Trialist 75), Oliver, McNiff, Higgins, Gormley, MacDonald.
Subs (not used): Millar, K Ferguson, Caddis (GK).
Referee: Steven Reid