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Our next match in Ladbrokes League 2 is against Queen’s Park at Forthbank on Saturday January 19.
We beat the Spiders in September but they knocked us out of the Scottish Cup the following month then it ended 1-1 at Hampden in December.
Admission is £13 for adults, £9 for seniors & students, £5 for U16s and free for U12s.
Peter MacDonald’s double earned Stirling a third straight win despite having midfielder Dom Docherty sent off midway through the second half.
The victory moves Kevin Rutkiewicz’s side to within four points of the play-offs as we gained revenge for a defeat here to Peter Murphy’s men in September.
This was a significant win in a hard-fought match and we had to dig deep to secure a precious three points to follow up the recent wins over Cowdenbeath and Edinburgh City.
It was an unchanged team that lined up, with Kevin Moon, Lee Hamilton and Mark Stewart again ruled out. New signings Jordan McGregor and Max Ashmore were on the bench and the latter came on as a substitute with 20 minutes remaining.
Chances were scarce at both ends in the opening period but we took the lead after 20 minutes when Danny Jardine, who this week signed a new contract, delivered a low cross from the left wing and MacDonald prodded a low shot beyond Alex Mitchell.
The veteran striker was denied a second goal when his header from a Docherty free-kick crashed back off the bar and three minutes later the Galabankies were level. Jordan Allan was caught in possession and, although Calum Ferrie made a good save from Ross Fergusson’s initial effort, the ball broke for Tommy Muir to send it into the empty net.
There wasn’t much between the teams as the game wore on and we were hampered when Docherty, unhappy at the award of a free-kick, was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident.
Stirling reacted well to the setback and claimed the winning goal with 13 minutes left. Substitute Dylan Mackin did well to steer a header back across goal and MacDonald smacked the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Mackin rattled the bar with a superb strike from the edge of the box then there was a late scare when Muir fired over from a good position as Annan pressed for an equaliser but we held on to the delight of the 600-plus crowd.
Stirling Albion: Ferrie, McGeachie, Allan, Hughes, Horne, Banner, Jardine, Docherty, MacDonald (McLaughlin 90), Smith (Mackin 70), Thomson (Ashmore 70). Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Marr, McGregor, McLaren.
Goals: MacDonald 20, 77
Annan Athletic: Mitchell, Hooper, Creaney, Wilson, Bradley, Swinglehurst, Moxon (Wallace 78), Sinnamon, Smith, Muir, Fergusson (Johnston 60). Subs (not used): McAdams (GK), Sonkur, Watson, Strapp.
Goal: Muir 33
Referee: Colin Steven
Stirling Albion are seeking a third win in a row when we face fourth-placed Annan Athletic at Forthbank on Saturday, kick-off 3.00pm.
Team news: We are again without defender Lee Hamilton, midfielder Kevin Moon and striker Mark Stewart due to injury. Our two new signings – ex-Stranraer midfielder Max Ashmore and former Aberdeen defender Jordan McGregor – are set to be added to the squad.
Kevin Rutkiewicz: “We need to back up what we did against Edinburgh City last week by doing well against Annan. We are at home and we want to win and keep climbing the table but Annan have a good squad and it will be a very difficult game.”
Opponents: Annan are fourth in the table, seven points ahead of Stirling Albion but having played a game more. They beat Elgin City 2-0 at home last week and their away record is four wins, two draws and three defeats. Annan boss Peter Murphy this week signed goalkeeper Aidan McAdams on loan from Rangers and extended the loan deals of Lewis Strapp (Morton) and Kyle Bradley (Rangers).
Past meetings: We had an excellent home record against Annan until they won 2-1 at Forthbank in September. The most recent meeting was a 2-2 draw at Galabank in November when Dom Docherty’s stunning volley earned us a point.
Referee: Colin Steven
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £9, U16s £5, U12s free
Club shop: Open before and after the game and even at half-time!
Programme: Latest issue of The Albion on sale, priced £2
Lottery: Jackpot is £8,800! Tickets on sale before the game
Twitter: Match updates via @Stirling_Albion
Meet the Manager: Q & A session in the Supporters Bar at around 5.30pm
Next meeting: Annan Athletic v Stirling Albion – 13/04/19
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park – 19/01/19
Inside the Box – Programme notes from today’s game against Annan Athletic
What a finish to 2018 and start to 2019! Happy New Year! Although we rang out the Old with a less than impressive 90 minutes against Cowdenbeath, a win’s a win and the ringing in of the New, with a win against table-toppers Edinburgh City, was arguably our best away performance since the defeat of Peterhead at the start of last season.
There was much to like against Edinburgh from front to back, but most pleasing was the nullification of the free-scoring duo of Henderson and Shepherd by our defence. Too often we’ve made things hard for ourselves by conceding soft goals and yesterday I don’t recall the back four or Calum Ferrie putting a foot wrong.
A mention, too, for Dylan Mackin and Jason Marr who were far from being fit to start but insisted on taking their place on the bench to support the starting XI.
It’s easy to give the credit to Kevin Rutkiewicz for the turnaround in our fortunes – and indeed that is entirely justified! – but, and I’m sure he would say it himself, he couldn’t achieve what he does without his support team.
Assistant Manager, Martin Hardie, Goalkeeping Coach Jim McQueen and Physio Kenny Crichton all play a huge part in preparing the squad to deliver their best on a match day. Without fear of contradiction, with our extensive (and ongoing) injury list, Kenny has been the busiest part-time physiotherapist in Scottish football this season and we are incredibly fortunate to have someone who is so hugely experienced and gives way and above his contracted hours by regularly seeing players at his own clinic during the week.
As intimated in my last programme notes, the Club Board are very actively engaged in discussion with the Manager with regards to strengthening the playing squad. Indeed, it may be that changes will have occurred before this article goes public! This is no reflection on the current squad but a recognition that, as exampled yesterday, we are short on numbers!
Turning to today’s match versus our good friends from Annan, I extend the usual warm welcome to their officials, management, players and supporters. Make no mistake, however, that friendship and warmth will go on ice between 3pm and 5pm as we continue our pursuit of climbing the league table.
Good health and good fortune to Binos everywhere for 2019.
We are delighted to announce that defender Kyle Banner has signed a new contract that will keep him at Forthbank until the end of season 2019/20.
The 19-year-old youth team graduate made his first-team debut against Falkirk in the Betfred Cup at the start of last season and has made 18 appearances this term.
We are delighted to announce that defender Jordan McGregor has become our second signing of the transfer window.
The 21-year-old former Hibernian, Hamilton Accies and Airdrieonians centre-half joins after spending the first half of this season as part of the Aberdeen reserve squad.
Jordan’s arival follows that of Stranraer midfielder Max Ashmore as Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the campaign.
Image courtesy of Aberdeen FC