John Coughlin has called on his Berwick side for a response against Stirling Albion tomorrow after admitting last week’s 2-2 draw against East Stirlingshire ‘felt like a defeat’. The ‘Gers are looking to secure their first league win since Boxing Day but travel to a Stirling side that trounced Montrose 7-0 in midweek.
Speaking to the official site ahead of the match, Coughlin said: “We managed to beat Shire 4-0 at their place a couple of months ago but couldn’t do the job at home, and our form at Shielfield is a real concern for me at the moment. Last week was a real opportunity to put some daylight between us and them and I was absolutely gutted that we didn’t get the three points.
“As for tomorrow, it’s essential that we get a strong, athletic side out on the park to combat those strengths of Stirling. It’s about making sure we stop what they do well and what they are is a very athletic, quick side that counter-attacks well. They had a good win in midweek but I’m not too concerned about that as what I’ve found in this league is that it’s all about who turns up on the day.”
Berwick Rangers Team News:
Steven Notman and Ewan McNeil both return from suspension to bolster the ‘Gers line-up while defender Brian Martin is also available for selection after missing out last week.
Jonny Fairbairn is serving the final game of his suspension and Sandy Cunningham is unavailable due to the terms of his loan deal from Stirling. Meanwhile, Darren Lavery hasn’t trained this week after becoming a father, but is expected to be in the matchday squad.
Stirling Albion Team News:
Albion boss Stuart McLaren will no doubt be looking to field the same side that destroyed Montrose in midweek, but may be forced to make at least one change with winger Mark Lamont facing a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the demolition job.
The Binos will be without Kevin McKinlay who remains sidelined of late with a hamstring injury, but are boosted by the return of veteran striker Craig Beattie, who had been ruled out of the Stirlingshire side’s previous ties.
Despite the ‘Gers success at Forthbank earlier in the season, SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes price the home side as favourites for tomorrow’s League Two clash.
Stirling Albion – 4/5
Draw – 14/5
Berwick Rangers – 13/5
Steven Kirkland will take charge of the clash, and will be assisted by both Dougie Potter & David Watt.