In-form Clyde extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches on Tuesday night as we suffered our third straight defeat in a rearranged match that was postponed on February 2 due to a frozen pitch.
David Goodwillie’s 18th-minute goal proved decisive and we rarely looked like getting back on level terms in a disappointing second half.
The result means we are now 10 points outside the play-offs while the Bully Wee are four points behind new Ladbrokes League 2 leaders Peterhead.
Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz made one change to the team beaten 1-0 by Peterhead on Saturday, with Cammy Thomson replacing Jordan Allan at left-back. Lee Hamilton, Kevin Moon, Evan Horne and Jordan McGregor were ruled out but Peter MacDonald returned to the squad after injury.
We started well enough and Thomson sent Darren Smith down the left – he forced a good save from Blair Currie and the follow-up was blocked. The Clyde No 1 later pushed away a Max Wright free-kick but by that stage Danny Lennon’s side had taken the lead.
John Rankin’s shot from outside the box was deflected into the path of Goodwillie and the former Scotland striker marked his first start since returning from injury by knocking the ball past Calum Ferrie for his 12th league goal of the season with appeals for offside in vain.
Ferrie thwarted Goodwillie at the end of the first half and Bully Wee centre-half Scott Rumsby headed a corner just wide 10 minutes after the interval but the last half hour saw barely a chance created at either end as Clyde comfortably saw the game out to complete a Forthbank double this season.
Next up for Stirling is a trip to Central Park to play Cowdenbeath on Saturday.
Stirling Albion: Ferrie, McGeachie, Thomson, Hughes (Docherty 56), Marr, Banner, Jardine, Glover, Mackin (MacDonald 80), Smith (McLear 58), Wright. Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Allan, McLaughlin, Ashmore.
Clyde: Currie, Cuddihy, McNiff, Lang, Rumsby, Grant, Boyle (Stewart 70), Duffie, Goodwillie, Rankin, Banks (Lamont 78). Subs (not used): Hughes (GK), Lyon, Cogill.
Scorer: Goodwillie 18
Referee: Colin Steven