Dave Mackay’s men made it five wins on the trot to strengthen our grip on third place, ending Clyde’s five-match winning run in the process.
Darren Smith and Peter MacDonald got the goals as we beat the Bully Wee for the first time this season in front of a crowd of over 1,000 at Forthbank.
On the back of last week’s 3-0 win over Annan, this was another impressive performance against a Clyde side who have been revived under Danny Lennon and Allan Moore.
Albion were without Willie Robertson, Sean Dickson and Connor McMullan through injury and Andy Black was suspended so George Stanger came into the starting line-up.
New signing Craig Wight was on the bench as a back-up keeper and there was a welcome return to the squad for Andy Little after 10 months out through injury – he came on as sub for the last 15 minutes.
Smith grabbed the opener after just four minutes with a great run into the area and a fine low finish beyond Blair Currie for his 24th goal of the season.
Both sides played some decent stuff in a keenly-contested first half and the visitors equalised seven minutes before the break when midfielder Kevin Nicoll pounced from close range.
Clyde started the second half brightly and Chris McStay – son of Celtic legend Paul – rattled the outside of the post from distance before we took the lead again in 58 minutes.
Ross Kavanagh was the architect and did well to pick out MacDonald, who swept the ball into the net for his 10th goal of the campaign to continue his rich run of recent form.
We looked to have scored again when a terrific passage of play ended with MacDonald sending the ball towards the net but a defender got back to clear and the linesman ruled it hadn’t crossed the line, although there were plenty who would disagree!
David Goodwillie had scored seven goals in his last five games for Clyde but he was kept largely quite by a solid Stirling display, with Darren Barr outstanding.
There were penalty appeals waved away at both ends as we chalked up our fifth successive home win in 2018. We’ll have the chance to make it six when Edinburgh City visit for a rearranged fixture on Tuesday.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil (Noble 82), Barr, Moon (Caddis 84), Stanger, Jardine, MacDonald (Little 76), D Smith, Kavanagh.
Subs (not used): Wight (GK), Banner, R Smith, McLaughlin.
Scorers: D Smith 4, MacDonald 58
Clyde: Currie, Lang, Cogill (Millar 82), McNiff, Home, Lamont (Grant 74), Cuddihy, Nicoll (Martin 74), Goodwillie, McStay, Boyle.
Subs (not used): Gourlay (GK), Stewart, Osadolor, Duffie.
Scorer: Nicoll 38
Referee: Chris Graham