Heriot’s did their best to spoil the party at Stirling but it was the home side who edged an always fascinating contest.
The vast majority of County’s title-winning squad from 1995 had reunited for a 20th anniversary bash and the present-day team rewarded the past-masters with a hard-fought win.
Stirling had gone in front by the boot of Shaun Treweek but Struan Cessford’s try, converted by Graham Wilson, reversed that.
County’s Patrick Nicol then restored the lead with an unconverted try but Jack Turley put the visitors back in front just before the break, Wilson again on target with the conversion.
Josh Laird crossed the whitewash to stretch the advantage, Wilson maintaining his kicking form, but back came Stirling with a Mark Hunter touchdown that Treweek goalled. Stirling then went ahead when Matt Lamb dived in, Treweek again on target, before Fraser Lyle won a race to the line for another touchdown that Treweek couldn’t convert.
Heriot’s threw everything at Stirling as the clock ran down but County held firm and were deserved victors.