Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Stirling Albion

Saturday, 14th Mar 2015

Next opponents for Dunfermline are Stirling Albion.

Jim Jefferies’ side won 2-0 at Forthbank at the beginning of October with goals in the last 10 minutes from Shaun Byrne and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui. Then there were seven changes in Pars starting eleven for the home match in November. The Pars won 4-0 thanks to a Gozie Ugwu hattrick within an hour and a 71st minte fourth from Andy Stirling who is now on loan to Stirling Albion.

In January at Forthbank Dunfermline went ahead through Allan Smith but goals from Chris Smith and Craig Wedderburn meant that Lewis Martin's added time goal was a welcome equaliser.

PARS v STIRLING ALBION: THE FULL LEAGUE RECORD
  P W D L F A
At East End Park 30 17 8 5 67 34
At Annfield Park / Forthbank Stadium 33 11 7 15 50 53
Division One (up to 1975) 14 7 5 2 34 17
Division Two (up to 1975) 12 3 3 6 22 26
First Division (since 1975) 22 12 3 7 38 25
Second Division (since 1975) 12 4 3 5 15 17
League One 3 2 1 0 8 2
TOTALS 63 28 15 20 114 87
Note: This does not include results against Stirling's earlier and now defunct club, Kings Park, against whom Dunfermline played in the Scottish League Division 2 between 1921 and 1939

The record shows that Dunfermline have had the upper hand in league matches against Stirling Albion having won 29 to the Binos 19.  The Binos last win at East End Park was in April 1993. Since then they have returned nine times in the league and once in the Challenge Cup. On all ten occasions they have left defeated.

Milestones v Stirling Albion (Home)

Last League Victory

22/11/14

4-0

League One

Last League Defeat

03/04/93

0-2

Div 1

Best League Victory

02/12/67

6-0

Div 1*

Worst League Defeat

18/10/47

3-5

Div 2*

*Pre league reconstruction

It is ten games back since Stirling defeated Dunfermline Athletic and that was under Stephen Kenny.  The last point that Stirling picked up was in their home match against Dunfermline on 10th January this year. 

Last Ten League Games
2014/15
10/01/15 Stirling Albion 2-2 Dunfermline League One
22/11/14 Dunfermline 4-0 Stirling Albion League One
04/10/14 Stirling Albion 0-2 Dunfermline League One
2010/11
19/03/11 Dunfermline 4-1 Stirling Albion First Division
15/03/11 Stirling Albion 1-1 Dunfermline First Division
30/10/10 Dunfermline 3-0 Stirling Albion First Division
28/08/10 Stirling Albion 1-5 Dunfermline First Division
2007/08
25/03/08 Stirling Albion 2-3 Dunfermline First Division
29/12/07 Dunfermline 2-1 Stirling Albion First Division
27/10/07 Stirling Albion 3-0 Dunfermline First Division

Stirling still sit at the foot of the table on 13 points while Dunfermline are now in sixth place on 40 points and chasing one of the three play off places. 

Dunfermline  Stirling Albion
Current League Position
6 10
 Form last six league matches
WLLLDW LLLLLL
League Points
40 13
Goal Difference
+6 -37
Home/Away Record
P14, W7, D4, L3 P14, W2, D3, L9

The visitors have won just two of their 27 league games this season and both those wins were at Stenhousemuir.  They have now lost the last seven in a row.  Dunfermline have only one win in their last five league games but the win over Ayr United on Saturday should boost the confidence in the squad.

   Form last six home / away
  Dunfermline (home)     Stirling Albion (away)
  Ayr United W 2-1   Morton L 0-4
  Brechin City L 0-1   Airdrieonians L 1-4
  Stenhousemuir W 3-2   Stranraer L 0-1
  Airdrieonians D 2-2   Peterhead L 1-2
  Peterhead D 1-1     Stenhousemuir L 1-2
  Stranraer L 0-1     Ayr United D 2-2

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Lewis Martin. Kyle McAusland, Stuart Urquhart; Paul George (Shaun Byrne 72), Andy Geggan, Lewis Spence, David Hopkirk, Michael Moffat, Lewis Allan (Andy Barrowman 84).
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Declan O'Kane, Ryan Thomson, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)

STIRLING ALBION (v Morton): Greg Paterson; Ross Forsyth, Chris Smith, Adam Cummin, Ross McGeachie, Willie Robertson (Lee Hamilton 85), Andy Stirling, Craig Comrie (Lewis Coult 74), Angus Beith, Phil Johnston (Alex Cunningham 59), Gordon Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Wedderburn, Darren Smith, Scott Shepherd, Callum Reidford (GK).

Referee will be George Salmond

 C'mon Ye Pars!



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