Albion were denied the opportunity to move joint top of League 2 as leaders East Stirlingshire twice hit back for a draw at Ochilview.
Jordan White’s first-half double, either side of his own goal, had Greig McDonald’s men deservedly in front at the interval but Shire were the better team after the break and defender Michael Bolochoweckyj equalised with 18 minutes remaining.
The Binos were excellent in the first half, with White and Sandy Cunningham causing the home defence all sorts of problems, but we weren’t able to hit the same heights in the second half and stay three points off the pace, along with Annan and Clyde.
Albion started with the same team that were so impressive in knocking Turriff United out of the Scottish Cup and Grant Hay made a fine early save to deny Mark Ferry before Ross Forsyth found himself in the clear with the keeper to beat. The midfielder should have scored but didn’t get enough height on his lob and Hay gathered.
We broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when White smashed a shot high into the net after being set up by Cunningham but John Coughlin’s men posted a warning when Michael McGowan headed over and they equalised in 42 minutes when White diverted Scott Maxwell’s corner into his own net.
It looked as if the referee had made an error in awarding the corner in the first place but McDonald confirmed after the match that the ball had taken a nick off Phil Johnston before going out of play.
Three minutes later, White made amends in style, beating a defender and coolly lifting the ball over Hay after a Cunningham flick, for his seventh goal of the season.
East Stirling were much improved after the interval and enjoyed plenty of possession but the equaliser was fortuitous, the ball coming off Bolochoweckyj’s back and looping into the net following a corner, with David Crawford injured after colliding with the post in an attempt to keep it out.
Callum Reidford came on for his first game of the season and did well as we earned a point at a venue that has generally provided little cheer for Albion in recent years.
East Stirlingshire: Hay, MacGregor (Herd 67), McGowan, Townsley, Bolochoweckyj, Thomson, O’Donoghue, Greenhill, Turner, McKechnie, Maxwell (Glasgow 67).
Subs (not used): Devlin, Tapping, McCaughie, Gordon (GK).
Scorers: White (og) 42, Bolochoweckyj 72
Stirling Albion: Crawford (Reidford 74), McClune, Ashe, Forsyth, Bishop, Smith, Johnston (Weir 80), Fulton, White, Cunningham (Coyne 80), Ferry.
Subs (not used): McAnespie, McGeachie, Clark, Day.
Scorers: White 30, 45
Referee: Des Roache