Leaders Montrose won at Forthbank for the third time in 2017 to stay six points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 2.
It was a 10th league game without defeat for Stewart Petrie’s side while we drop to fourth in the table after a fifth successive match without a win.
The only goal came after 58 minutes when Gary Fraser scored from close range after keeper Cammy Binnie had failed to hold a low ball played into the box by Cammy Ballantyne.
Terry Masson hit the post with a header as the Gable Endies controlled much of the second half and it was only late on that we posed any threat after the interval, with Ross Smith forcing a good save from Allan Fleming.
Binos boss Dave Mackay was without Andy Black (suspended) and Cammy Thomson (injured) but Callumn Morrison returned to the starting XI and Ross Smith was also recalled as Darren Smith and Liam Caddis dropped to the bench.
Stirling played well enough in the first half, with midfielders Sean Dickson and Willie Robertson coming close from distance and Morrison failing to make the most of a good opportunity while at the other end Binnie did well to keep out a Templeman header.
Montrose, who have now kept five clean sheets in a row, made the breakthrough just before the hour mark when Fraser pounced and we rarely looked like breaching League 2’s meanest defence as we suffered a fourth straight home defeat.
Albion now face away games against Elgin City and Stenhousemuir before Berwick Rangers visit Forthbank on January 6.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton (D Smith 73), McNeil, R Smith, Banner, Morrison, MacDonald, McLaughlin (Kavanagh 66), Robertson (Caddis 79), Dickson. Subs (not used): Foden (GK), Davidson, Noble, McMullan.
Montrose: Fleming, Ballantyne, Steeves, Allan, Dillon, I Campbell, Masson (Webster 79), Fotheringham (Watson 74), Fraser (Johnston 66) Templeman, Redman. Subs (not used): Millar (GK), Hay, McLaren, R Campbell.
Scorer: Fraser 58
Referee: Gavin Ross