Aug 31 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Friday
STIRLING Albion boss Greig McDonald believes his side can bounce back from defeats to Elgin and Clyde and get the better of Queen’s Park at Forthbank tomorrow (Saturday).
The Binos have struggled for form since thrashing Annan 5-1 on the opening day, but boosted their confidence with a 2-0 victory away to a young Alloa side in the Stirlingshire Cup on Tuesday.
Goals from Marc McCulloch and Daly McSorley (penalty) set up a semi-final clash with Dumbarton but that is of secondary importance to reviving the Third Division campaign.
Queen’s Park were beaten 1-0 at Peterhead on Saturday but secured a terrific 2-1 victory over 10-man Dundee on Wednesday evening to reach the third round of the Communities League Cup.
Stirling have an excellent record against the Spiders at Forthbank but Gardner Speirs’ team have reached the Third Division play-offs in each of the last three years and will be a considerable threat.
McDonald made 10 changes for the Stirlingshire Cup tie in midweek and was pleased with the options available to him: “We played the boys who hadn’t been playing much and I thought they did really well. It’s given me a few headaches for Saturday. Josh Flood was excellent and Kieran McAnespie did well, as did Jamie Clark. I could probably go right through the whole team, to be honest.
“Stevie Day’s direct running caused them a problem – he has not been involved with the first team because he missed training for four or five weeks because of his work. He has only been back for a week or so which is why we were keen to give him a run-out against Alloa.
“He worked his socks off for 60 minutes but could probably do with another game to get him up to speed.
“It was nice to get things back on track after losing the last two matches and we are very capable of beating Queen’s Park. We have a break after Saturday but that doesn’t make this game any more important and we’ll maintain our fitness when we don’t have a match.
“It will be a tough game on Saturday because Queen’s Park are an excellent side and they seem to have a conveyor belt of young talent coming through. I think just about everyone has strengthened from last year and anyone can beat anyone on their day in this division.
“I think we can play football with the best of them but we need to do it in the right areas and we also need to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in.”
Stirling were dealt a blow this week with the news that striker Bradley Coyne faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, although it will require a scan to confirm the damage.
McDonald added: “It’s looking like a bad one from Bradley but we will support him right the way through.
If he is out long term we may look to do something in terms of bringing someone in but it is also an opportunity for the guys who are here, regardless of their age, to step up and show what they can do.”
Admission prices for tomorrow’s home game against Queen’s Park are £10 for adults, £7 for seniors/students and £5 for children under 17. Vouchers will again be handed out at the turnstiles, as happened against Annan and Clyde, and fans holding most vouchers will have the best chance of securing a ticket for the match against Rangers at Forthbank on Saturday, October 6.