In-form Annan hit back for a draw to extend their unbeaten run to seven games and leave Albion still looking for a first victory in December.
Brandon Luke fired home from outside the box with just three minutes left to cancel out Liam Caddis’ ninth-minute opener on a freezing afternoon at Galabank.
It was a determined performance from Dave Mackay’s men after recent defeats to Berwick and Peterhead but the home side hit the woodwork on three occasions and deserved the point.
We also carved out some good openings but weren’t able to claim a decisive second goal on our first visit to this venue since a 4-1 defeat at the end of January.
Andy Little, Steven Noble, Callumn Morrison and Andy Black (suspended) missed out but Willie Robertson returned from injury and there was a start for Kyle Banner, who played as a part of a back three alongside Lee Hamilton and Ross McGeachie.
Stirling took the lead inside 10 minutes when Darren Smith’s cross from the right was met by Caddis and he scrambled the ball past Alex Mitchell for his second goal of the season.
Annan almost equalised as the interval approached but ex-Bino Blair Henderson sent a header against the bar from a Rabin Omar free-kick then the big striker was again denied by the crossbar from another header.
Caddis fired just wide from 18 yards after being picked out by Peter MacDonald at the start of the second half then the veteran forward sent Darren Smith clear but our top scorer knocked the ball past the post as the keeper advanced.
Annan enjoyed plenty of possession after the interval and Steven Swinglehurst’s header came back off the post but in general we didn’t offer them too many clear sights of goal on a surface that was becoming tricky for both sets of players as the temperatures plummeted.
The equaliser arrived in 87 minutes when Luke, on loan from Dunfermline, gave Cammy Binnie no chance with a terrific finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards after latching on to a crossfield pass.
The result leaves us in third place, seven points behind leaders Montrose, who have played a game more and visit Forthbank next Saturday.
Annan Athletic: Mitchell, Brannan, Creaney, Omar, Watson, Swinglehurst, Orsi (Luke 71), Sinnamon (Hooper 33), Fergusson, Henderson, Smith.
Subs (not used): Atkinson (GK), Sonkur, Bell, Murphy, Rutkiewicz.
Scorer: Luke 87
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Thomson, McNeil (Kavanagh 72), Hamilton, Banner, Caddis, MacDonald, D Smith, Robertson (R Smith 72), Dickson.
Subs (not used): Foden (GK), McLaughlin, Davidson, McMullan.
Scorer: Caddis 9
Referee: Duncan Williams