Andy Ryan scored his fourth goal of the season as we bounced back from last week’s defeat to Elgin to stay third in the table with victory at the Reigart Stadium.

The summer signing from Dunfermline struck after just nine minutes with a cool finish low past Ryan Goodfellow and he was denied another goal after the break when the keeper tipped his shot on to the underside of the bar.

There were three changes to the team that lost to Elgin, with Paul McLean back in place of skipper Ross McGeachie. Kieran Moore was in for injured midfielder David Wilson while Dylan Mackin got the nod ahead of Declan Byrne. Sean Heaver returned to the squad but goalkeeper Callum Law and midfielder Dom Docherty were still sidelined.

On a perfectly still autumn day, albeit the pitch was somewhat bumpy, there wasn’t much between the teams in the first half but we carved out a number of good opportunities in the second period.

Rovers were playing their first game for more than a fortnight because of Coronavirus but Brian Reid’s men battled hard and Cammy Binnie made superb saves from Lewis Wilson and Matthew Aitken.

Mackin had two good opportunities to add to our advantage but one goal proved enough as we made it four clean sheets in six League 2 outings and it’s now just one away league defeat in a year.

Albion Rovers: Goodfellow, Lynas, Ecrepont, Glover, Wilson, Allan, Wilson, Fotheringham (Jamieson 78), Baker (Leslie 78), Aitken, Doherty. Subs (not used): Henry (GK), Moore, Burke, Moran, Dolan.

Stirling Albion: Binnie, McLean, Banner, El-Zubaidi, McGregor, K Roberts, Ryan, Moore (Creaney 85), Mackin (Byrne 73), Leitch, S Roberts (R McGeachie 66). Subs (not used): Currie (GK), Thomson, Magee, Johnston, Heaver.

Scorer: Ryan 9

Referee: Scott Lambie