Stirling Albion 3-1 Stenhousemuir

Scottish Football League

Stirling put an end to a run of seven straight defeats to beat Stenhousemuir and lift themselves off the bottom of Scottish Division Two.

Stenhousemuir were closest to scoring in the first half, Ross McMillan heading wide at the far post from a Brown Ferguson corner and Stewart Kean's strike forced a full-stretch save from Callum Reidford to keep the game goalless.

But after the break, Stirling struck with two sucker-punches as Alan Cook turned in the box to rifle past Alistair Brown to give his side a shock lead.

Albion soon doubled their lead after Darren Smith's corner found Gary Thom at the near post. The defender headed home his first goal for the club against his former employers.

The visitors halved the deficit with seven minutes left through Iain Thomson but Joshua Flood's long-range pearler secured Albion's much needed win.

Stirling: Reidford, Cook (Flood 67), Allison, Thom, Jacobs, Fagan, McLeish, McSorley (Crawley 90), Bonar (Nicholas 72), Davieson, Smith. Subs Not Used: Cleland, Gavin McPherson.

Booked: Fagan, Davieson.

Goals: Cook 54, Thom 69, Flood 90.

Stenhousemuir: Brown, Corrigan, McKinlay, McMillan, Dickson, Ferguson, Campbell (Paul Quinn 70), Iain Thomson, Murray (Lyle 10), Rodgers, Kean. Subs Not Used: McCluskey, McHale, Lawson.

Booked: Paul Quinn.

Goals: Iain Thomson 83.

Att: 578

Ref: Craig Charleston