Cowdenbeath twice hit back for a deserved draw at Forthbank as we were denied a clean sweep against the Blue Brazil this season.
On-loan duo Danny Jardine and Neil McLaughlin (penalty) twice had Stirling ahead but Robbie Buchanan and Blair Malcolm struck for the bottom club as they extended their unbeaten run to four matches.
We have now lost just one of our last 10 games and increased our lead in third place to nine points over Stenhousemuir, who were beaten by Elgin City.
Dave Mackay made one change from the team that beat Elgin in midweek – Peter MacDonald returned in place of Andy Little, who was missing with a calf knock. Darren Smith, Andy Black and George Stanger were again ruled out.
Our good run started with a scrambled 1-0 win over Gary Bollan’s men at the end of January and this was another game with not much between the teams.
Neither keeper had been too busy before we took the lead with half-time approaching. Jardine took advantage of a break of the ball to pounce from close range as he scored for the second Saturday in a row.
The visitors came out strongly after the break and were level I 54 minutes when Buchanan got in behind the defence and angled a low left-foot shot beyond Craig Wight and into the corner.
McLaughlin restored our lead in 64 minutes when his penalty sneaked past David McGurn, who got a good hand to the ball, after MacDonald had been bundled over by substitute Scott Rumsby.
Cowdenbeath were strong and well organised and former East Fife striker Jordyn Sheerin gave them a good outlet in attack. In a scrappy match, they deserved a draw – and got it 20 minutes from time when Malcolm, on loan from Ross County, made a good run into the area and smacked the ball past Wight.
Next up for the Binos is a home game against Edinburgh City on Tuesday before we end a run of seven fixtures in 22 days with a trip to Elgin next weekend.
Stirling Albion: Wight, McGeachie, Hamilton (R Smith 76), McNeil, Barr, Moon (Caddis 82), McLaughlin, Jardine, P MacDonald, Kavanagh, Robertson (Dickson 75). Subs (not used): Noble, Banner, C MacDonald, Binnie (GK).
Goals: Jardine 39, McLaughlin pen 64
Cowdenbeath: McGurn, Mullen, Swann, Pyper, Gilfillan (Rumsby 45), Miller, Cox (Reilly 88), Malcolm, Sheerin, Luke, Buchanan. Subs (not used): McInally, Smith, Penman, Whittaker, Fotheringham
Goals: Buchanan 54, Malcolm 70
Referee: Scott Millar