Stirling Albion welcomed Forfar Athletic this weekend, with both teams looking to build on a mixed start to the season. Albion were held to a 2-2 draw to Stenhousemuir last week, with Scott Davidson and Alan Cook on the scoresheet. While Forfar on the other hand claimed their first away win of the season thanks to Chris Templeman scoring their winner. Stirling find themselves fourth in the table, while Forfar are a couple of places behind them.
Gary Thom, Josh Flood and Craig McLeish came in for the Binos, while Craig Wilson replaced Kevin Byers for the Loons.
It was a quiet start to the game, although a nervy Sam Filler nearly gifted Chris Templeman an opener, however his blushes were spared by Devon Jacobs.
Despite the early dominance of Forfar, it was Stirling Albion who nearly took the lead. Darren Smith did brilliantly to control the ball then flick his shot, but could only watch as it hit off the top of the crossbar.
Forfar were beginning to control the game with Chris Templeman and Stevie Crawford both going close for the Loons.
A Fotheringham freekick then found centre half Joe Shaughnessy, who just headed inches wide. The big man didn’t have long to wait before getting his goal though, as Forfar took the lead just minutes later. Nicky Low flighted his corner high into the box and Joe Shaughnessy was there to head home.
Forfar nearly extended their lead as Chris Templeman saw his header crack off the bar. Another lovely Forfar move involving Greg Ross presented Templeman with the chance and he scooped his shot just by the post.
Just when it looked as if Forfar would go into the break with a well-earned lead, Stirling Albion were awarded a penalty, as John Crawley was brought down in the box. Scott Davidson took responsibility and he duly sent keeper Adam McHugh the wrong way.
It was a little harsh on the visitors who must have felt that their first half effort deserved to see them go into the break in the lead.
The Stirling Albion fans weren’t complaining and their mood was made all the better when they were greeted with half time entertainment in the shape and form of an Elvis impersonator. It was a surreal spectacle to say the least as the portly figure was taunted for his overweight appearance.
The bizarre goings on continued into the second half, as substitute Alan Cook decided to lay his freekick straight into the path of the grateful Martyn Fotheringham.
On the hour mark, the Loons were once again in the lead. Fotheringham floated in his corner and keeper Filler ran right under it leaving Templeman to poke home. Nicky Low then pounced onto a Mark McCulloch long ball and cleverly dinked it past Brian Allison, before coolly slotting it past keeper Filler.
Chris Templeman then made it four with a brilliant side foot finish. Darren Smith was to get, what turned out to be nothing more than a late consolation for the Binos, as Forfar held out for a famous win.
It was no more than the Loons deserved and manager Dick Campbell was full of praise for his side: “We played really well today and scored some great goals. We thoroughly deserved the win and I don’t think anyone could really argue otherwise.”
Binos manager Jocky Scott was anything but pleased with his sides showing: “I’m very disappointed and somewhat surprised at the way we played. It’s the first time this season that we have been completely outplayed and felt Forfar were worthy of their victory.”
Stirling Albion: Filler, Jacobs, Allison, Thom, McCulloch, Flood (McSorley 65), Smith, Fagan, Crawley (Nicholas 72), Davieson, McLeish (Cook 46). Subs Not Used: Kerr, Bonar.
Forfar Athletic: McHugh, Ross, McCulloch, Shaughnessy, Tulloch (Bolocheweckyj 58), Fotheringham, Mowat, Wilson (Hegarty 58), Low (Gibson 79), Templeman, Crawford. Subs Not Used: Paterson, Brown.
Ref: Craig Charleston