Apr 6 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Friday
STIRLING Albion midfielder Mark Ferry is hoping to complete a hat-trick of goals against Brechin when the sides meet in a massive match at Glebe Park tomorrow (Saturday).
The former St Johnstone, Queen’s Park and Raith Rovers player was on target when the Binos went down 3-2 to Jim Weir’s men at the Doubletree Dunblane Stadium in February and netted in the return game 10 days later as Greig McDonald’s team claimed a crucial 3-1 victory.
However, that was just one of two wins Stirling have picked up in their last 15 matches and they find themselves four points below final-day opponents Albion Rovers at the foot of Division Two with just five games remaining.
A 4-3 defeat to Forfar in their last away match, followed by a 2-0 home loss to Airdrie last weekend, leaves Albion in a perilous position as they prepare to take on a Brechin side who are only two points outside the promotion play-offs after shocking Arbroath 3-2 at Gayfield.
Ferry, who made his debut for Stirling in the 1-0 win over Albion Rovers in January, has netted five times in 16 appearances.
He said: “It’s a really big game for both clubs but we need to start winning games.
“We’ve done well against Brechin this season so hopefully that is something we can continue. There is a good spirit in the squad and I’ve been looking forward to the game all week.
“I’ve loved it in since I came to the club in January and we have a good group of players.
“It is just frustrating that we have not managed to get more wins because no one likes getting beaten. We have played well for spells in a lot of games but we need to do it for the whole match.
“The Forfar game a couple of weeks ago was really hard to take. Twice we scored goals and then allowed them to go straight up the park and get one themselves. When I equalised for 3-3 near the end we should have accepted a point but we were still pushing forward and got caught out.
“We have enough experience in the team – and I include myself – that it shouldn’t have happened.
“The Airdrie match was a poor performance and it just wasn’t our day. We didn’t start well and then missed a couple of chances early in the second half so we need to get things right against Brechin.
“It’s disappointing to have beaten Albion Rovers twice and find ourselves a few points behind them. The good thing is that we still have to play them on the last day but we need to get a couple of wins before then.”
Stirling’s squad is almost injury-free and they have no one suspended for tomorrow’s game but badly need to improve on a poor away record that has seen them concede four goals in recent away games against Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir and Forfar.
Brechin went down 3-1 to fellow play-off hopefuls East Fife in their most recent home game. It has been a sometimes disappointing season for the pre-season title favourites but they are now within sight of finishing in the top four for the fourth season in a row.
Albion will hope the appointment of referee Gary Hilland is not a bad omen. He has taken charge of three Stirling matches this season and they have lost all of them.
Brechin are offering free admission to schoolchildren for tomorrow’s match. Up to two children will be allowed in with each paying adult.