Cowdenbeath claimed a deserved win at Forthbank but remain three points adrift at the foot of the table after other results went against them.
We remain four points outside the play-offs with three games to go – this was a huge missed opportunity to close the gap on Elgin but the Blue Brazil were worthy winners thanks to a double from Dale Carrick and a goal from Kris Renton.
Albion went into the game on the back of seven wins in eight games but, as against Forfar a fortnight ago, we were soundly beaten on home turf.
Gary Locke’s team were well organised, hungrier and played some good football as they completed a Forthbank double, although we have twice won at Central Park this season.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made one change to the team that won 1-0 at Berwick last week, with Ross Kavanagh replacing Dylan Nguene Bikey. Ross Smith, Frazer Wright, Willie Robertson, Jack McCue and Andy Little all missed out through injury but Calvin Colquhoun returned to the squad.
Cowdenbeath, with just two defeats in seven games since Gary Locke took over, bossed the game from the start and went ahead in four minutes when Carrick, on loan from Livingston, scored from close range after a corner had been nodded into his path.
His strike partner Renton doubled the lead midway through the first half when poor defending allowed Liam Henderson, on loan from Falkirk, to pick him out with a cross from the left for an easy finish.
Mackay brought on Bikey and Connor McLaren for Kavanagh and Callumn Morrison after just half an hour to try to spark something from his side but it made little difference to the pattern of play.
Blair Henderson had a header cleared off the line from a Sean Dickson corner and McLaren wasted a good opportunity but Cowden keeper Jamie Sneddon had little to do.
It was all over midway through the second half when Carrick netted after keeper Chris Smith had failed to deal with a corner from the left, having produced a fine save from Renton just before that.
We head for Elgin on Saturday then travel to Edinburgh City before ending the season at home to title-chasing Arbroath.
Cowdenbeath: Sneddon, Syme, Mullen (Moore 85), Rumsby, Pyper, Miller, O’Brien, Henderson, Rutherford, Renton, Carrick.
Subs (not used): McGurn (GK), Johnston, McLauchlan, Ross, Muirhead, Buchanan.
Goals: Carrick 4, 68, Renton 21
Stirling Albion: C Smith, Caddis, McGeachie, Forsyth, Quigley, Black (Jeffries 69), Dickson, Morrison (McLaren 30), Kavanagh (Nguene Bikey 30), Henderson, D Smith. Subs (not used): Fallens (GK), McMillan, Colquhoun, McMullan.
Referee: Scott Millar