With Northcote and Stirling Wanderers having nothing to lose heading towards the end of the league campaign, this had the makings of an entertaining affair.
The away team started the stronger with several early chances going wide of the mark. The opening goal did however calm Stirling nerves after good play from Alex Cobden saw his shot go in off the Northcote captain.
Straight from the restart it was 2-0, a stunning ball from Harry Linford was met by Mike Kennedy whose looping header set up Nathan Bristow to smash home.
Wanderers then had the chance to put the game to bed with a penalty but with both teams wonderering why it was awarded, it was decided Liam Price should do the sporting thing and tap it wide.
Half time words were spoken and captain Sam Jackson had to steady the away team and keep the job in hand as the main priority.
With Stirling in full control, Northcote could not create many chances and they were to pay with both Bristow and Price grabbing three goals each.
The visitors’ rampant midfield were opening up the home team at will with Lewis Bean and Linford both going close along with defenders Paul O’Sullivan and Joe Jordan.
Three reserve team lads were introduced late on to shore up a now tiring Wanderers team. Niall McKiniry, Reece Chadwick and Connor Ashby slotted in well and made the step up seem easy.
Credit must go to Northcote who never gave up and if it wasn’t for Tyler Mallen between the Stirling sticks, it could have been a whole different game with the young goalie playing his best game of the season.
Price and Bristow struck up an early understanding and both deserved their hat-tricks.