Dejection oozed out of the Netherdale changing rooms on Saturday afternoon as Gala slumped to their fifth Premiership defeat on the bounce.
“Discipline and basics let us down,” said captain Craig Dods.
While try scorer Graham Speirs was equally critical, adding: “Collectively we made far to many errors”
Ultimately the Maroons let the win, and a losing bonus point slip through their fingers in the closing minutes of the game of the game.
Matt Carryer bulldozed his way over for a try, converted by Dods, to give Gala the lead early on but this only riled the visitors who came back with tries from Danny Gilmour (2) and Jonny Hope.
Luke Pettie rumbled over, closing the gap to a mere three points before Stirling’s Sam Johnson ran in the bonus point try. Half-time: Gala 12 Stirling County 20.
Speirs ran in the next try for Gala. Dods missed the conversion but his sweetly struck drop goal 10 minutes later drew the home side level.
Once again though it was the Stirling pace that made the difference, Shaun Treweek dancing through to score at the posts and convert himself before adding a penalty goal right on full time.