May 2 2012 By Colin Paterson
Albion Rovers boss Paul Martin.
ALBION ROVERS will fight for survival without two key players this weekend.
The Cliftonhill outfit go into their final Irn-Bru Second Division fixture of the regular season with a chance of automatically staying up.
Paul Martin’s men will book their place in SFL2 with a win over relegated Stirling Albion should Forfar Athletic lose to Stenhousemuir.
But Rovers have personnel issues to contend with as midfielders Tony Stevenson and Chris Boyle begin two-match suspensions.
The pair received straight red cards in the first half of Rovers’ 4-0 thrashing at Forfar on Saturday.
Referee David Somers sent Stevenson packing in the 11th minute after he lashed out at Kevin Motion.
And Boyle walked on the stroke of half-time for a lunge on Michael Bolochoweckyj.
Neither dismissal was expected to be appealed by the club who would face Elgin City if sentenced to the play-off semi- finals.
Boss Martin said: "We’re happy; second bottom of the table is one position more than we were expected to be.
"It’s been taken out of our own hands because of our actions and the decisions against us but we’ll now concentrate on the match with Stirling."
Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to former Rovers player and manager Tom Spence who sadly died at the weekend. He was just 50.
‘Tam’ played at Cliftonhill in the 1993-94 season and bossed the team in the following campaign.
He joined Stirling Albion from Glenboig Juniors in 1982 and captained the Binos on the day of their 20-0 win over Selkirk in the Scottish Cup.
Rovers fans expressed their sadness at the passing of Tam on the club’s unofficial messageboard.
"I have good memories of his Rovers side," commented edrover. "They played some cracking football."
And the mild rover added: "Although Tom’s spell with the Rovers was relatively short, he came across as a really decent human being. Condolences to the family."