Stirling made it six away wins in a row with a deserved victory over the bottom side in League 2 on a heavy pitch at Glebe Park.
Dylan Bikey broke the deadlock early in the second half and James Creaney’s first career goal made sure late on to keep us within two points of the play-off places.
Mark Wilson’s side didn’t create too much and we thoroughly merited our first win of the season against City, after a 1-1 draw at Glebe Park in October and a 4-2 defeat at Forthbank in December.
Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz named the same team that had beaten Cowdenbeath 4-1 in our last outing a fortnight ago as we faced a Brechin side who had held Edinburgh City and Queen’s Park to 0-0 draws in their last two outings.
Glebe Park survived an 11.30am inspection and it was cold, bright and breezy but the surface was understandably soft after all the recent rain.
Not too much happened in the opening half hour but we began to dominate and should have been ahead by half-time – Dom Docherty steered a shot wide and had another effort blocked before Bikey blazed over from a good position.
The hosts came close with a Paul Allan free-kick but Nicky Hogarth didn’t have a lot to do and we went ahead in 54 minutes with a well-worked goal.
Max Wright played a big part by winning the ball near the centre circle and released Bikey, who sent a low shot across the keeper and into the far corner from around 15 yards. It was a classy finish under pressure from a defender as Bikey netted for the third match in a row.
Martin Scott missed a good chance to equalise when he slid the ball wide after Paul McLean slipped but we generally looked comfortable and it was all over with six minutes left.
Lewis McMinn made a fine save to keep out a Dylan Mackin header from a David Wilson free-kick but Creaney was on hand to score from a tight angle at close range.
Brechin City: McMinn, Petkov, Strachan, McCabe, Hill, Page (Reekie 60), Hamilton, McCord, Jackson (McManus 66), Scott, Allan (Inglis 60). Subs (not used): Duncanson, McIntosh, Watt, O’Neil (GK).
Stirling Albion: Hogarth, McGeachie, Creaney, Banner, McLean, McGregor, Wilson, Docherty, Wright (Nicoll 79), Bikey (Heaver 85), Duffy (Mackin 75). Subs (not used): Jardine, Willis, Hughes, Stott (GK).
Goals: Bikey 54, Creaney 84
Referee: Graham Grainger