It was honours even at Forthbank on Saturday, with both managers agreeing a draw was probably a fair result.

Matty Yates fired the Blues in front midway through the second half but defender Adam Cummins quickly equalised against his former club as we made it seven matches unbeaten.

On a calm autumn day, Albion went into the game without long-term absentee Paul McLean while skipper Ross McGeachie and Ray Grant were also out injured. Winger Daniel Scally returned to the squad after a spell on the sidelines and Sean Heaver was back after illness.

There were two changes to the side that beat Elgin City 2-0 at the beginning of October, with Kyle Banner replacing McGeachie at right-back and Rabin Omar getting the nod ahead of Dylan Bikey.

Omar missed a good chance to open the scoring when he volleyed a Jack Leitch cross over the bar and Martin McNiff had a header from a Nathan Flanagan free-kick well saved. At the other end, Blair Currie had to be alert to push away a shot from Paul Woods after a quick break.

Former Hibernian forward Yates broke the deadlock in 67 minutes when he found the bottom corner with a good finish but it was 1-1 four minutes later when Cummins headed in a Flanagan corner for his first Albion goal.

Cummins came close to a winner with another header that was just off target but Jamie Hamill’s men almost won it when Josh Walker’s 20-yard free-kick rattled the crossbar.

Stirling Albion: Currie, Banner, McNiff, Cummins, McGregor, Laird, K Roberts, Omar (Bikey 65), Leitch (Heaver 88), Flanagan, Mackin (Carrick 65). Subs (not used): Law (GK), Watson, Moore, Creaney, Scally.

Goal: Cummins 71

Stranraer: Scullion, Robertson, Burns, Sonkur, Ross, Brady, Gallagher (Langan 89), Woods (Muir 61), Smith, Yates (Ngoy 89), Watson (Walker 79). Subs (not used): Baker (GK), Ellis, Moore, Irving, Rennie.

Goal: Yates 67

Referee: Daniel Graves

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