Stirling Albion’s final fixture of 2017 takes us to Borough Briggs to play Elgin City as we bid to end a disappointing run of five matches without a win.
Gavin Price’s side have also struggled for form in December and it’s a big game for both teams, with the Moray men three points below the Binos in the Ladbrokes League 2 table.
Team news: Midfielder Andy Black returns from a two-match ban but on-loan St Johnstone left-back Cammy Thomson is out with a hamstring injury and striker Andy Little remains on the sidelines. Skipper Willie Robertson is struggling with a sickness bug and defender Lee Hamilton is a doubt with the back injury that forced him off against Montrose last week.
Previous meetings: It was 2-2 at Forthbank in September when Chris McLeish and Jordan Allan scored for Elgin after we had led through a Darren Smith double. It was also 2-2 on our last visit to Borough Briggs in April – we led 2-0 thanks to goals from Darren Smith and Dylan Bikey but the home side rallied for a draw. Dave Mackay’s first match as Albion boss was a dramatic 3-2 win at Borough Briggs in November 2016.
Opponents: Elgin City are sixth in the table, with a home record of four wins, two draws and two defeats. Their last match at Borough Briggs was a 1-1 draw with Edinburgh City – Gavin Price’s men return home after away defeats to Montrose and Stenhousemuir in their last two outings.
Referee: Graham Beaton
Admission: £12 for adults, £7 for concessions. Stand £2 extra
Borough Briggs: Great lower-league venue. Impressive stand, covered terrace and you can change ends at half-time. Watch from the grassy knoll if it stays dry.
Catering: Top notch. Try the sausage rolls.
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Distance: It’s about 160 miles from Forthbank to Borough Briggs
Next meeting: Stirling Albion v Elgin City – 03/02/18
Our next game: Stenhousemuir v Stirling Albion – 02/01/18