Both managers felt a draw was a fair result as a hard-fought derby on a heavy pitch ended goalless.

The match was postponed from Saturday February 22 and the point ended our run of home defeats on a cold night at Forthbank.

Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz made four changes to the team that won 2-0 at Brechin – Kevin Nicoll, Ronan Hughes, Dylan Mackin and Paul Willis replaced Kyle Banner, Dom Docherty, Max Wright and Darryl Duffy.

Before the match there was a minute’s applause in memory of board member Rod Turnbull, who recently lost his brave battle with cancer.

This was only our third home fixture of 2020 and we almost fell behind after 60 seconds when Nicky Hogarth made a good save from a David Hopkirk header and Greig Spence blazed the rebound over.

We grew into the game and Ronan Hughes was denied by Graeme Smith, who also made a fine save from Mackin. The closest to a goal came in 32 minutes when Dylan Bikey skipped away from a defender and clipped the ball beyond Smith from an angle but it struck the post and rebounded to safety.

Quality was lacking at times but both teams gave everything and the match was stretched in the closing stages when the Warriors came close to gaining revenge for our 2-0 Ochilview victory in December.

Hogarth made a superb save to push away a Robert Wilson header then he thwarted Hopkirk from close range before the ball was scrambled clear. Skipper Ross McGeachie came to the rescue in stoppage time with a last-ditch tackle as we drew with our local rivals for the second time this season.

Stirling Albion: Hogarth, McGeachie, Creaney, Nicoll, McLean, McGregor, Wilson, Hughes, Mackin, Bikey, Willis (Jardine 78). Subs (not used): Stott (GK), Wright, Thomson, Docherty, Heaver, Peters.

Stenhousemuir: Smith, Tiffoney, Wilson, Armstrong, Munro, Hopkirk, McLaughlin, Blair (McBrearty 83), Moore, Spence, McGuigan (Biabi 71). Subs (not used): Terry (GK), Burns, Massouaghou, McIlduff, Watters.

Referee: Stewart Luke

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