Stirling Albion 1 v 2 Queens Park, Ladbrokes League 2, 26/09/2015
Stirling Albion returned to action this weekend when they took on Queens Park at a sunny but chilly Forthbank. Before the match both manager Stuart McLaren and chairman Stuart Brown hosted a question and answer session in the Stirling Albion Supporters Club Bar, but more about that later on.
The first half got off to a quiet but sore start for Kevin McKinlay who gave away a free kick but came off the worse player with what looked like a dislocated thumb the resulting Queens Park free kick never threatened the Stirling goal though, as the game developed neither side had many chances to score.
The visiting Spiders were the first to hit the back of the net after a poorly defended free kick left John Carter in space to fire the ball at goal and take the lead. It was a short lived lead as from the restart the Binos as Steven Dorris blasted the ball into the top corner past Spiders ‘keeper William Muir to level things up.
The Binos looked more of a threat for a short period after Dorris scored but neither side were able to make use of their chances. The first half drew to a close and both teams went back to the dressing room knowing that they should have a couple more goals to talk about.
Half-time: Stirling Albion 1 v 1 Queens Park
The second half got underway with both sides knowing that the three points were there for the taking it was very much open, Queens Park however made use of their chances and Anthony Ralston converted to send the visitors in to the lead.
Stuart McLaren soon made his first changes of the game when Kyle Lander and Craig Comrie were replaced by Aurelien Mazel and Sandy Cunningham, almost immediately Cunningham was using his pace to break through the Queens Park defence but William Muir was able to prevent him from threatening goal.
The Binos best chance to equalise came from a free kick that Steven Dorris got on the end of but his final shot rattled the woodwork before going out for a goal kick, it was essentially a open goal chance for Dorris to convert.
With that the match started to slow down as Queens Park started to play to the clock to keep their lead and unfortunately despite some chances for the Binos to pressure the Spiders defence we failed to use the chances to grab a share of the spoils.
Full-time: Stirling Albion 1 v 2 Queens Park
As we mentioned before the game both Stuart McLaren and Stuart Brown gave supporters the opportunity to question them about things at the club, this question and answer session was informative on a few issues but in all it was essentially covering topics that were previously answered.
The main points from Stuart McLarens session were:
Performances – McLaren understands the frustrations around the poor performances and he says he is working on things with the team and he has assured everyone is working hard to get better results.
Injurys – McLaren was particularly asked about Craig Beattie and when is likely return date is, this was confirmed to be around Christmas however it is dependent on Craig’s recovery. McLaren informed the meeting that Craig was working along side himself and Martyn Corrigan on developing the young strikers.
Steven Dorris is carrying a cartilage injury to his knee at the moment however scans earlier in the season confirmed that he is able to continue playing but is likely to require surgery to repair the damage, the injury isn’t expected to get worse as he is on a light training duties for fitness.
Discipline – McLaren has no concerns over the discipline during games and is happy that the bookings and sendings off were for poor/dangerous tackles.
Dressing Room Situation – The dressing room is currently a happy and the team commitment and dynamics are at a high level with all the players working to encourage each other.
The situations with Mark Staunton and Jon Paul McGovern are both different. Mark Staunton was finding travel for both his job as a rep for a sports company and playing for the club were too demanding for him.
McGovern left the club stating he wasn’t happy but never disclosed his reasons to management all he cited was he was not happy playing at the time for the club, but as most know he soon signed for Clyde.
Main points from Stuart Brown:
Stuart Brown answered a couple of questions on the progress of the club on field all of his points were previously discussed and he just reiterated that club are financially sound and the debt is slowly decreasing.
The playing budget is on target for this season and there are some funds still available for later in the season.