Our New Year derby was abandoned after half an hour due to the condition of the pitch, with Stirling leading 1-0 thanks to a Dom Docherty goal.

On a day of seven SPFL postponements, this game – which had passed a 12.15pm pitch inspection – became the eighth casualty of the freezing weather.

The fixture had originally been scheduled for Forthbank but the clubs had agreed to switch to Ochilview’s artificial surface in the hope it would go ahead, with Stirling now hosting the Warriors on March 13.

We were without midfielders Jack Leitch (suspended) and David Wilson (injured). Defender Lewis Magee was also sidelined but Dylan Bikey returned to the squad.

The Warriors started brightly and caused a few problems but we were always a threat going forward and went ahead in 14 minutes when Docherty latched on to a long throw from Ross McGeachie and his deflected shot from around 15 yards beat Paddy Martin.

We almost scored again when Andy Ryan’s header hit the bar and the same player fired just wide – we looked well on top when the referee called a halt.

A lengthy stoppage due to a bad injury to Stenhousemuir’s Adam McCracken – who collided with a team-mate and was taken to Forth Valley Royal before thankfully being released on Saturday evening – allowed the officials time to assess the surface and they decided to abandon the match.

Stenhousemuir: Martin, Tiffoney, Munro, Little, McCracken, Blair, Tapping, Graham, Spence, Biabi, McGuigan. Subs: Erskine (GK), McQueen, Hodge, Brown, Hopkirk, Halleran

Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, El-Zubaidi, McLean, McGregor, K Roberts, Ryan, Banner, Byrne, Docherty, S Roberts. Subs (not used): Currie (GK), Mitchell, Thomson, Heaver, Bikey, Moore, Johnston, Mackin.

Referee: Chris Graham