East Stirlingshire sit at the top of League Two after a fine 3-1 win at Queen’s Park and having had two seasons of finishing at the foot of Scottish football no-one will begrudge them their moment in the sun.
The Shire have recast their squad and two of their new additions were on the score-sheet. However, at one stage it looked like three new recruits had been goalscorers.
The opening goal came midway through the first half when Spiders debutant Ricky Lamie pushed Kevin Turner in the box and after he had been dismissed summer signing Iain Thomson stroked home the penalty. Two minutes from the break it was two nil when ’keeper Michael Brown came out for a corner he was never getting and debutant Chris Townsley headed home.
Before half-time the Shire got into a fankle at the back and Blair Spittal pulled a goal back at the second attempt but a third goal at the start of the second half ensured Shire’s triumph.
Manager John Coughlin was more interested in team success than individual glory as he said: “The guys were debating who scored and I really don’t mind who gets it. The win was more important as we have a new squad who want to show the changes made were the right ones. We’ve started to do that.”
Albion Rovers’ league season got off to a good start with a 2-1 win at Elgin, where Pat Walker headed them ahead and David Crawford’s penalty made it two just after the break. Rovers goalkeeper Neil Parry was sent off midway through the second half for handling outside the area and Elgin’s Sean Crighton also walked before Craig Gunn scored a late goal.
Mark Ferry hit the winner for Stirling in a 2-1 success against Montrose, who had Ricky McIntosh dismissed after Dale Fulton opened the scoring for the Forthbank men. Graham Webster replied before Ferry headed in with 15 minutes left.
Clyde defeated Berwick at Broadwood 1-0 thanks to Michael Daly’s close-in second-half goal with Peterhead hitting back twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Annan at Balmoor.
David Hopkirk edged Annan ahead in both halves with former Galabank players Bryan Gilfillan and David Cox providing levellers.