Easter weekend brought with it the last derby match of the season as the Beanos played hosts to Falkirk. The Bairns still have an outside chance of promotion but need a few favours as well as nine points from their remaining matches. Stirling on the other hand have been down for a couple of weeks and if nothing else are trying to get some pride back from what’s been a train wreck of a Division One campaign. The Albion actually did defeat their local rivals this season but that penalty kick success in the Alba Challenge has been followed by three easy league wins for Falkirk. Team lines for today’s game saw the Beanos only make the one change from last weekend as injured skipper Ross Forsyth was replaced by Michael Doyle. On the Stirling bench there was a first appearance in the 16 for youth team striker Gary Brass. [… more]
With five straight defeats in all competitions the Beanos didn’t exactly head to near neighbours Falkirk in the best of form. Adding to our woes was a much publicised flu virus in the Stirling camp which had led the Executive to try and get the game postponed. The Scottish football authorities were having none of the Albion appeals for mercy and so the game went ahead as scheduled. A mad scramble to assemble a team on New Years Day saw three new players arrive to bolster a side which was already going to require a host of u-19’s to pad out the bench. As it was a few of the flu struck lads crawled from their sick beds to play and ensure the Albion had some experienced, if unwell, players on display. Last time the sides met it was the Bairns who coasted to a five goal win at the [… more]
Despite a decent first 45 minutes the Beanos suffered a fifth consecutive defeat last time out against Dundee. Following yet another postponement, which has meant no home games since 20/11, the Albion’s next encounter is once again on their travels as we head to Falkirk. The first time the clubs met it was Stirling who came out on top in the ALBA League Challenge. However, in the two league encounters it’s the Bairns who have held sway with eight goals scored and none conceded when points were at stake. The 5-0 defeat at the DDS was particularly embarrassing for John O’Neill’s men and the Albion will at the very least be looking for more fight and more of a contest this time around. RedWeb will feature both a full match report and exclusive action pictures from the Falkirk Stadium. Report and some pics will be on-line late Sunday evening.
With the nightmare at Central Park still fresh in most Albion fans memories it was time to move on as local rivals Falkirk came to town. Whatever you thought, whoever you wanted to blame, the bottom line is that the team let the fans and management down at Cowdenbeath and a vast improvement was needed this afternoon. However, with Steven Pressley’s side coming off a home defeat to Ross County you just knew they would be fired up to get back to winning ways. Stirling would need to match that desire and intensity if we were to stand a chance of getting a positive result. The two matches between the sides this season have been relatively competitive affairs and hopefully today would be equally so. The fly in the ointment for Stirling’s chances of a result today was a long list of missing players. With both normal full backs injured, [… more]
A couple of fruitless trips to Fife sees Stirling entertain Falkirk wondering where the next point is coming from. After the high of the game against Partick it’s been two disappointing outings for John O’Neill’s men. It’s one thing losing to Dunfermline but the capitulation at Central Park was nothing short of humiliation. With suspensions and injuries hitting the small Albion squad hard it’s going to be a tough job for the manager to pick his troops up and get them believing in time for next weekend. A difficult match is in store but we’re at home and who knows, maybe Falkirk will have as bad a day next Saturday as we had at Cowdenbeath. A full match report from Saturday’s encounter will be on RedWeb later that evening.