Albion did everything but score at Galabank with an excellent performance against third-placed Annan.

We created a hatful of chances and hit the woodwork twice on an afternoon that should have brought all three points instead of one.

The team were delayed en route due to the closure of the M74 and only arrived at 3.00pm, with the match kicking off 45 minutes later.

Annan had beaten the Binos 3-1 and 3-2 this season but Albion defended well to shut out a side who came into the game on the back of a dramatic 4-3 win at Clydebank in the Scottish Cup and are now 11 without defeat.

Jordan McGregor missed out through injury but Marc Laird returned to the squad and was joined on the bench by Dylan Paterson. The on-loan Arbroath winger impressed after being introduced for the last 20 minutes.

Darren Young made two changes to the team that faced Rangers, with Dylan Mackin and Kyle Banner replacing Kieran Moore and McGregor.

We were on top from the start and Jack Leitch and Mackin were denied by Greg Fleming, Ross McGeachie headed against the bar and we had a strong penalty claim dismissed.

Dom Docherty came close for the hosts and Peter Murphy’s men had an effort disallowed for offside in the second half but most of the chances were created by the Binos.

Kurtis Roberts fired over, Dale Carrick should have scored after coming on, Fleming thwarted Leitch again and also saved from Paterson while Moore rattled the woodwork at the end.

Annan Athletic: Fleming, Steele (Barnes 39), Lowdon, Douglas, Clark, Moxon, Hunter (Fleming 87), Docherty (McCartney 68), Johnston, Garrity (Anderson 68), Goss (Smith 68). Subs (not used): Adamson (GK), Wallace.

Stirling Albion: Currie, McGeachie, Hancock, Cummins, Banner, Grant, Roberts, Leitch (Paterson 71), Flanagan (Moore 86), Francis (Carrick 71), Mackin. Subs (not used): Law (GK), McNiff, Creaney, Laird.

Referee: Steven Reid

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