Stenhousemuir’s poor travelling performances continued at Cliftonhill.
After last week’s defeat to Dunfermline the Warriors were looking to get back to winning ways but Albion Rovers were best in most departments.
Stenhousemuir made several changes from last week with Jamie McCormack coming into right back and Ross Meechan moving to left back for Liam Henderson. Allan Smith dropped out through injury and Allan Cook came in.
Stenhousemuir rarely threatened in the opposition half and only had a couple of efforts at goal. Alan Cook’s strike in eight minutes was closer to the corner flag than the goal whilst Colin McMenamin saw an effort blocked for a corner in the 42nd minute.
Despite having the bulk of the play, Rovers didn’t create many chances either. They came close in the sixth minute when Paul Willis headed past Jamie Barclay but it was cleared off the line by Ross Meechan though the Rovers players claimed an arm was used. There was little goalmouth action but the home side tool the lead in the 30th minute when Andrew Barrowman headed home an Ally Love from only four yards out.
The second half disdn’t get any better for the visitors. Colin McMenamin saw an acrobatic rffort blocked for a corner in the 51st minute but two minutes later the game was effectively finished when Andy Barrowman scored his and Albion Rovers second goal with another header, this time from a Gary Fisher cross a.
Fisher then had a chance to make it three after bursting into the box but from a great position blasted over the bar. Barclay then made a fine save from Ally Love after he was played through by a Ross Davidson flick.
In the 67th minute an Eddington dummy from a Jon Robertson cross set up McMenamin but his strike from 12 yards out was saved by Ross Stewart,. A minute later McMenamin tested Stewart once again with a header but the keeper proved up to the task. That was the last meaningful positive play by the striker as he was dismissed two minutes later after a rash tackle on Ross Dunlop as he tried to win the ball back after losing initial control of it.
Despite numerical advantage Albion Rovers failed to extend their lead before the end and Kieran Millar almost had a consolation goal in stoppage time with a shot from close range but he was denied by the keeper who did enough to deserve a shutout.