Due to prior engagements and a decision not to travel North next weekend this afternoon’s encounter with Stennie would be my one and only look at the team before I next see them on League Cup duty. Didn’t originally fancy this match either but as kick off drew closer minds were changed and off we walked to Ochilview. Team line-ups were as follows: Stenhousemuir: 1. Callum Reidford 2.Greg Ross, 3. Sean Dickson, 4. Scot Buist, 5. Ross McMillan, 6. Bryan Hodge, 7. Stewart Keen, 8. Andy Rodgers, 9. John Gemmell, 10. Eric Paton, 11. Brown Ferguson - Subs From: Kevin Kelbie, Ross Brash, Charlie Docherty, Stuart Love (Three used) Stirling Albion: 1. Mark Peat, 2. Ross McGeachie, 3. Danny Ashe, 4. Daly McSorley, 5. Greig McDonald, 6. Brian Allison, 7. Marc McCulloch, 8. Josh Flood, 9. Bradley Coyne, 10. Scott Davidson, 11. Mark Ferry - Subs Used: Gary Thom on for 2, Gary Brass [... more]
Following defeat at Allan Park against Highland League side Cove the Beanos returned to Forthbank to play one of only two home pre-season clashes. The opposition was a young Rangers XI and as well as being a friendly encounter the match also doubled as a well merited testimonial for long time owner and chairman Peter McKenzie. Usual mix of signed players and trialists on display again this evening. Official team lines from tonight’s game were: Stirling Albion: 1. Sam Filler (Trialist), 2. Devon Jacobs, 3. John Crawley (Trialist), 4. Shaun Fagan, 5. Brian Allison, 6. Gary Thom (Trialist), 7. Lewis Bonar, 8. Dale McSorley, 9. Scott Davidson, 10. Marc McCulloch (Trialist), 11. Gary Brass – Subs Used: Andy Hunter, Paul Scott, Danny Ashe + 2 unknown trialists Rangers XI: 1. Alan Smith, 2. Kyle McAusland, 3. Tom Skogsrvd, 4. Kim Skogsrvd, 5. Chris Hegarty, 6. Darren Cole, 7. Andy Mitchell, [... more]
In their first public friendly of the season the Albion headed north to take on Highland League outfit Cove Rangers. The match at Allan Park would give the Stirling faithful an early opportunity to cast their gaze over the team being assembled by manager Jocky Scott and assistant John Blackley. As ever with pre-season matches there was bound to be a few trialists on display hoping to impress the watching coaching staff. Team lines are fairly scratchy at the moment. We will try to confirm later but the best we have just now is that the defence featured Brian Allison and Devon Jacobs with trialist Mark Peat in goals. Midfield saw Danny Ashe and Sean Fagan on display with Lewis Bonar up front. I’m sure the “So You Think You’re Good Enough” lads will have been in attendance and indeed it looks as if Paul Scott was one of the [... more]
The second and last of Stirling’s pre-season encounters saw English side Grimsby Town visiting Forthbank. The side from Cleethorpes were relegated from the Football League last season but as a full-time team were sure to provide a good work out for John O’Neill’s men. With Falkirk in town on Saturday the Beanos fans would have been looking for a sign that their favourites will be in a position to give the Bairns a good game. A win and a some goals would certainly have been a good boost to home hopes for the games ahead. Team lines for the Albion showed several players still listed as trialists despite being as good as signed (John Kane, Scot Buist, Calum Reidford). On the other hand Stewart Devine was not listed as a trialist even though the manager said on Saturday that he hadn’t been resigned. The main interest of the genuine trialists [... more]
Stirling Albion’s pre-season build up become public today as they entertained Hamilton Accies in an open door friendly at Forthbank Stadium. As well as being our first viewable game of the season it was also the first match with under the new Supporters Trust regime. Friendlies are not everybody’s cup of tea but at least this year we only have a couple before the competitive action begins next weekend.
The Beanos mix of signed players and trialists got off to a bad start when the visitors went a goal up after only a few minutes when the trialist number 9 glanced home a header. After this the home side gave as good as they got although you always felt Hamilton were capable of lifting the pace at any moment. The bizarre sight of an entirely new Accies XI wearing different strips to the opening half reminded you we were in pre-season mode. The second period was more closely fought than the first and Stirling went close to an equaliser on a couple of occasions. However, Accies had the last word when they scored a second goal following a slip from skipper Ross Forsyth. [... more]