Dylan Mackin came off the bench to convert a late penalty as we beat Berwick for the third time this season to move up to fifth in the table.
It was the former Falkirk striker’s ninth goal since he joined in the autumn but it looked like a soft award when Ronan Hughes went down under a challenge from Jack Ogilvie.
The Borderers had shocked leaders Peterhead in midweek to end a run of 16 games without a win but this result leaves them just two points above bottom club Albion Rovers.
Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz made two changes to the team that lost 3-1 at Clyde as Darren Smith and Jason Marr replaced Danny Jardine and Evan Horne. It’s a game that won’t live long in the memory but it was a welcome victory after a run of five defeats in our last six matches.
There wasn’t much between the teams in general play in the first half but the two big chances both fell to the visitors – Calum Adamson made a mess of the finish when he should have scored then on-loan Alloa forward Ahmed Aloulou sent the ball over the bar.
Stirling were better in the second half, albeit without working keeper Sean Brennan often enough. The introduction of Mackin made a difference and he had a header cleared before Smith nodded narrowly wide and Neil McLaughlin had a goal-bound shot blocked by a defender.
The breakthrough came when Mackin confidently smacked his penalty into the bottom corner with 10 minutes left and Berwick rarely looked like equalising as they lost at Forthbank for the second time this season.
Next up is a trip to play Queen’s Park at Hampden next weekend before Elgin City visit Forthbank on April 6 but with Annan 10 points clear in fourth place there is only pride at stake.
Stirling Albion: Ferrie, Banner, Allan, Hughes (Glover 88), McGregor, Marr (Hamilton 63), McLaughlin, Docherty, MacDonald (Mackin 60), Smith, Thomson. Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Wright, Ashmore, McLear.
Scorer: Mackin pen 80
Berwick Rangers: Brennan, Forbes, Wilson, Cook, Brown (Rose 83), Murphy (O’Kane 72), Ogilvie, Blues, Barr, Adamson, Aloulou (Healy 70). Subs (not used): Goodfellow (GK), Hume, Knox, Brydon.
Referee: Lloyd Wilson