We return to league action this weekend following a morale-boosting Irn-Bru Cup win against Albion Rovers in midweek.
OPPONENTS: STIRLING ALBION
The Binos are fancied by many to overcome their disappointing start to this campaign by in at least the playoff places come the end of the season. Two defeats in as many games against Berwick Rangers and Clyde sees Dave MacKay’s men in the unusual position of second bottom, but they will clearly be aiming to overcome their slow start starting against City this weekend, which is something we will need to guard against. Darren Barr, Darren Smith, Kevin Moon and Jason Marr all are likely to miss out through injury tomorrow.
As always a cash gate is in operation for the match, with adults priced at £12, concessions £6 and u12s free when accompanied by a paying adult. With no match at Easter Road and Hearts playing away in Dunfermline, our half price entry offer for Hearts, Hibs or Spartans season ticket holders is on, plus it’s the last home game to take advantage of our Football on the Fringe offer, which is half price entry when showing any Fringe ticket at the turnstiles.
Manager James McDonaugh is without captain Josh Walker through long-term injury, in addition John Dunn is likely to miss out albeit his prognosis is significantly more positive than Josh’s. Allan Smith is also a doubt but will hopefully be fit enough to be part of the match day squad. On the plus side, new signings Scott Shepherd and Liam Henderson both got valuable minutes under their belts on Tuesday against Albion Rovers and Keiron Stewart is likely to return to the squad following a family bereavement – everyone at the club sends their condolences to Keiron after a difficult time.
Last term we drew and lost twice against Stirling, who ultimately finished third in the league. The Binos deservedly won the first two encounters 2-0 at Forthbank and 2-1 at Ainslie Park last year, however the last two meetings both ended in competitive 2-2 draws home and away, with the return at Ainslie Park a particularly bitter pill to swallow as Albion equalised deep into injury time. City have a new look squad and will hope to test Stirling in tomorrow’s game.