Stirling Observer

Young wary of Warriors


Stirling Albion could put one hand on the League Two trophy with a win over their neighbours at Ochilview tomorrow.

But manager Darren Young knows his side will need to produce a top display against a home side riding on the high of a late leveller in their match at Elgin on Tuesday evening.

The Warriors had fallen behind to the league’s bottom side in Moray, but Ross Forbes’goal in stoppage time ensured they moved only a point behind Forfar Athletic in the final promotion play-off spot.

Meanwhile, the Binos faced frustratio­n once again as their game at title-rivals Dumbarton fell victim to wet conditions in West Dunbartons­hire.

The Binos currently sit nine points clear of the Sons with five games remaining – meaning a win and a Dumbarton defeat at Bonnyrigg could mean they only require a point in the rearranged fixture at the Rock on Tuesday night to seal the title.

The visitors’last action saw them claim a battling point in a 2-2 home draw with the league’s form side in East Fife, with Dale

Carrick’s double stretching Stirling’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games.

Meanwhile, Stenny have seen a transforma­tion in their fortunes since the arrival of Gary Naysmith to the Ochilview dugout, losing only once in the league since the Newyear.

Young stressed the size of the task facing his players at the business end of the season, with both teams fighting hard for the points to further their respective causes.

He also dismissed the impact of the Warriors’long midweek trip to Elgin and said the late equaliser could give their opponents a lift.

“It’s a game to look forward to and at this time of year, everyone has got something to play for and it’s a derby game as well so that’s important for our fans and will make it an even bigger occasion,”he said.

“When you go and get a last-minute equaliser like that in a game, it feels like a win sometimes and they will also know that one point kicks them into the playoff positions.

“Gary has done great since he’s come in and their form has really picked up since he came through the door from where they are, they are up challengin­g those play-off spots.”

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Confident Binos boss Darren Young

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