Peter Murphy has warned his Annan Athletic players they will need to be on their game if they are to score against Stirling Albion - who have Scottish League Two’s meanest defence.

Murphy’s Black and Golds have already claimed victories against third-placed Cowdenbeath [1-0] and Brechin City [5-2] this week in the league, and they will today (3pm kick-off) aim to make it nine points earned in the past seven days at the Forthbank Stadium.

“Stirling have the best defensive record in the league, so it’s going to be tough against them,” said Galabankies boss Murphy.

The Binos, managed by Murphy’s former assistant Kevin Rutkiewicz, have only conceded 10 league goals from their 12 matches. But, equally, they have also only scored eight goals themselves, currently sitting second-bottom in the table.

Annan, meanwhile, are now in fourth spot in the league, two points ahead of fifth-placed Elgin City.

But Murphy, Carlisle United’s record outfield appearance-maker, said: “I’m not really looking at the league table.

“We are still a side that only came together this season. The boys are still trying to work out how to get the best out of each other.”

On Tuesday night, Scott McLean scored twice but also picked up a knock, so is a doubt.

Ex-Workington Reds defender Matty Douglas is banned after his red card, while Kyle Wilkie has been struggling with illness.