Peterhead triumphed at Forthbank for the second time this season to move three points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 2 and halt our five-match winning streak.
Jamie Stevenson scored the only goal after 61 minutes as Jim McInally’s men all but ended our slim title hopes, although we remain in third spot and on course for the play-offs.
Binos boss Dave Mackay named the same team that beat Clyde 2-1 a fortnight ago, with skipper Willie Robertson and Andy Black again out injured. Peterhead were without banned duo Jason Brown and Jack Leitch while top scorer Rory McAllister was fit enough only for a place on the bench.
On a blustery afternoon of icy rain, conditions were difficult for both teams and there wasn’t much in it but Peterhead got the crucial goal while we were twice denied by the woodwork.
In a first half of few chances, Darren Smith almost opened the scoring with a curling effort that deceived keeper Greg Fleming and came back off the post while Aaron Norris, on for the injured Russell McLean, missed a good opportunity at the other end.
The breakthrough came shortly after the hour mark when Stevenson strode forward and thumped the ball beyond Cammy Binnie from 22 yards, via a deflection off Lee Hamilton.
We almost responded immediately when Ross Kavanagh delivered a superb low cross from the right wing but Smith, under pressure from a defender, saw his shot rebound off the underside of the bar.
Peterhead, marshalled by captain David McCracken, were strong and organised and dug in for a crucial win as we failed to score for the first time since losing to Montrose just before Christmas.
Albion will aim to return to winning ways against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield on Tuesday before heading to the capital to play Edinburgh City on Saturday.
Stirling Albion: Binnie McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil, Barr, Moon (Dickson 81), Stanger (Little 56), Jardine, MacDonald (McLaughlin 75), D Smith, Kavanagh.
Subs (not used): Wight (GK), Noble, R Smith, Banner.
Peterhead: Fleming, McIlduff, Robertson, Johnston (Jordon Brown 81), McCracken, Ferry, Stevenson, S Brown, McLean (Norris 24), Belmokhtar (Smith 65), Gibson.
Subs (not used): Hobday (GK), McAllister, Adams, Lawrence.
Scorer: Stevenson 61
Referee: Mike Roncone