It has to be mentioned – Stirling Albion – the team owned by the fans – beat Rangers – the team offered for fan ownership – 1-0 two weeks ago.
The Binos got off the bottom and everyone got on Ally McCoist’s back. The bottom spot got taken by East Stirlingshire who lost 3-1 to Montrose before Elgin City, a week later, tore Montrose apart 6-1. Queens Park have maintained their top of the table status thanks to their draw a home to Annan but Elgin are breathing down their necks. Peterhead got back to winning ways 1-0 at home to Berwick Rangers and these 3 teams – the Spiders, Elgin and the Blue Toon – make up the top 3 spots in the 3rd.
Game of the Day
Rangers v Queens Park
Rangers lost 1-0 a fortnight ago whilst the Spiders managed a 2-2 draw against Annan a week ago. Goals from Sean Burns and Lawrence Shankland kept them in the points
David Templeton, Kane Hemmings, Francisco Sandaza
Andrew Robertson, Giuseppe Capuano, Alan Urquhurt
What can possibly go wrong..? Rangers are at home…
Berwick Rangers v Clyde
Berwick lost 1-0 away to Peterhead last time out whilst Clyde got a 2-2 draw at home to Elgin City mid-week coming from 2-0 down thanks to goals from Stuart McColm and John Sweeney.
Dean Droudge, Marc Lancaster
Alberto Garcia, Josh Morris
David Marsh, Stevie Masterton
Stuart McColm, Stef McCluskey
Clyde got a decent result mid-week and have been putting some points on the board. They will be difficult to beat and Ian Little’s side faltered last time out. Another big game for them and the winner will be above the other at the end of the day – makes it a hard one to call.
East Stirlingshire v Peterhead
Last time out East Stirling fell victim to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Montrose. For East Stirlingshire, Craig Hume got a late consolation. Peterhead got a 1-0 victory at home to Berwick Rangers thanks to sub, Stephen Maguire.
Jamie Benton, Rhys Devlin, Michael Herd, Jamie Glasgow, Philipp Zufle, Michael Dunlop (Loan ended)
Jamie McKernon (On loan from St Mirren)
Callum MacDonald, Dean Cowie
Peterhead should see this one through without too much trouble. Trouble is exactly what East Stirlingshire are in again as reconstruction, voting structures and the future of the game is back on the political agenda. I can see them being the scapegoats for the SFL if they don’t start winning games. As it stands this looks an unlikely one to begin the fight back…
Elgin City v Annan Athletic
Elgin were on fire with 6 slotted past Montrose. A Stuart Leslie hat trick, followed by 1 each from Daniel Moore, Mark Nicolson and Ceiran McLean sealed the points. They then went to Clyde midweek where they lost a 2 goal advantage and drew. Stuart McColm and a John Sweeney penalty had put them ahead. Annan had also had a 2-2 draw, this time away to Queens Park with Graeme Ramage and Michael McGowan drawing them level twice.
Dennis Wyness, Lewis Halford, Ross O’Donoghue
Graeme Bell, Jack Steele
Steven Sloan, Andrew Donley
Elgin are pushing Queens Park hard and the Spiders going to Ibrox may be an advantage they could take. Annan have always been close to the play offs so will be no push over though have started sluggishly this year. I expect a decent contest and one that home advantage may tell for Elgin.
Stirling Albion v Montrose
Did you notice that Brian Allison scored the only goal of the game last weekend as Stirling Albion recorded a victory over some team from Glasgow? Montrose meanwhile saw a David Gray penalty the only bright spot in a 6-1 defeat away at Elgin City last weekend. It had followed a 3-1 win for them at home to East Stirlingshire where Leighton McIntosh, Terry Masson and another David Gray penalty had given them much hope.
Andrew Campbell, Paul Lunan
Like the Stirling Albion faithful, Gaffer Greig MacDonald is on honeymoon… If there was ever a time for the Binos to push on with confidence this was it and a misfiring Montrose are just the opposition to make it a good afternoon if you are from the Stirling area.