Albion and Edinburgh City shared the spoils at Forthbank on Tuesday night in a repeat of the result at Ainslie Park earlier this month.
Graham Taylor opened the scoring for James McDonaugh’s men but Darren Smith marked his return from injury by grabbing his 25th goal of the season on his 30th birthday. Ross Smith headed us in front but Farid El Alagui earned a deserved draw for the visitors.
Sean Dickson and Ross Smith were both denied by the woodwork while Taylor missed two good chances for City and a point apiece felt a fair outcome overall.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made several changes to the team that drew with Cowdenbeath. Willie Robertson was suspended and Lee Hamilton injured while Ewan McNeil was rested. Dickson, Steven Noble and Ross Smith came into the team and Kyle Banner replaced Darren Barr, who pulled up in the warm-up.
Edinburgh City took the lead after 12 minutes when keeper Craig Wight failed to deal with a passback from Kevin Moon and was robbed by Taylor, who knocked the ball into the empty net.
The equaliser arrived midway through the half when Smith struck from close range after great work by Andy Little on the left to beat a defender and pick out our top scorer for a simple finish.
Ross Smith headed home a Dickson corner at the far post 11 minutes after half-time but City hit back and El Alagui nodded a free-kick from trialist Lewis McLear past Wight in 71 minutes.
We remain third in the table, nine points clear of a Clyde side who have moved into the top four, as we prepare to face play-off hopefuls Elgin City at Borough Briggs on Saturday.
Stirling Albion: Wight, McGeachie, Noble, R Smith, Banner, Moon, McLaughlin (Kavanagh 79), Jardine, Little (P MacDonald 70), D Smith, Dickson.
Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), McNeil, Caddis, C MacDonald.
Goals: D Smith 24, R Smith 56
Edinburgh City: Antell, McKee (Hall 46), Laird, Blues, Grimes (McLear 67), Rodger, Taylor (Watson 90), El Alagui, Dunn, Garcia Tena, Scullion.
Subs (not used): Morton (GK).
Goals: Taylor 12, El Alagui 71
Referee: Craig Napier