Stirling Albion boss Greig McDonald felt his side were unfortunate not to take all three points as they drew 1-1 with East Stirlingshire at Forthbank on Tuesday night.
The Binos went into the game on the back of an impressive 3-1 home win over Montrose and another victory would have seen them leapfrog their visitors and climb off the bottom of the table but for the third time this season they were pegged back by their local rivals.
Graham Weir headed the opener from a Kieran McAnespie corner early in the second half but Kevin Turner levelled from the penalty spot after Stephen Day tripped Andy Stirling.
McDonald said: “I felt we did enough to win the game. It was a frustrating night because when we took the lead I expected us to go on and maybe score another goal but we can have no complaints about the penalty — it was a bit naïve from young Stephen Day to make the tackle, but he will learn.
“Shire came to frustrate us and hit on the break and it worked to an extent but our keeper David Crawford only had one save to make and we had a few chance of our own. We threw men forward in an attempt to win the game but it wasn’t to be and I feel it’s an opportunity missed.
“However, we have to take the positives. That’s four points from the last two games and we still have two games in hand on East Stirlingshire. Maybe earlier in the season, we would have lost this game but we can take heart from this and now we can look forward to Peterhead on Saturday.”
Shire boss John Coughlin said: “It wasn’t a great game and the pitch didn’t help, but we can certainly play better.”
Albion are yet to win on the road this season but one of their two away points came in a 2-2 draw at Balmoor in October and they recorded a 1-0 victory when Jim McInally’s men visited Forthbank just before Christmas.
The Blue Toon are third in the table after winning at 4-2 away to East Stirlingshire on Saturday. They have a dangerous front two of Rory McAllister and on-loan Stenhousemuir striker Andy Rodgers but, like most clubs in the third Division, have had their ups and downs this season.
Peterhead have lost just twice at home but both defeats, 1-0 to both Montrose and Rangers, have come since the turn of the year and their last Balmoor outing was a 1-1 draw with Berwick Rangers.
A draw would be a good result for Stirling but it would also mean their winless away record would stretch at least until March.
Albion are in action again this Tuesday, February 19 at 7.45pm, when Annan visit Forthbank for a fixture that was postponed on January 19. Stirling thrashed the Galabankies 5-1 on the opening day but slumped 5-2 in the return match in November. Admission prices are £10 adults, £7 seniors and students and £5 U17s.
●The Stirling Albion Lotto jackpot will be £12,750 on Wednesday. This week’s numbers were 1,3, 35 and 36 with no jackpot winner.
There was one three-number winner and Jackie Hunter wins £250.