Connor Greene was part of a shell-shocked Shire defence that lost seven goals to Selkirk the last time the teams met in September.
Now, as he prepares to face the Yarrow Park team again at Ochilview this weekend, he says that the 7-4 defeat the last time round was perhaps, “the shock to the system that we needed.”
Certainly there have been no more such shocks since then. The central defender says the team’s recent run of good results means it’s a match they can look forward to as they aim to close the gap on the teams above Shire in the Lowland League table.
“Since then you have seen a reaction from the boys, so you could say we’ve learned from it,” said Connor. “Since the Selkirk game when we defend we work as a team and when we get the ball up front we’ve got the players who can go and win us game.
“But those boys have also been helping us out by defending when they need to as well.”
The difference has brought significant rewards. Shire are now one of the league’s form teams, having won five of their last six league encounters, the last being a 6-2 victory over Preston Athletic at Ochilview last weekend.
“It’s good to play in. Winning games and scoring goals is enjoyable,” said Connor. “We have to win our games just the same as Spartans and East Kilbride. Every game they win they know they need to win the next one or else we’ll catch them.
“We’ll just keep going and keep winning games and move on to the next one,” he said referring to the need to keep hacking away at East Kilbride’s advantage over Shire at the top of the Lowland League table.
But he knows that the next game does take on some extra significance simply because of what happened the last time these two clubs met. Connor says neither he or any of his team mates want to go through that again.
“We know that if we take the attitude into the game that we’ve taken into the last few games then we can come out the other side with a win.
“It was probably the worst day in football I’ve ever experienced,” he said of the September clash. “We will be trying to make sure that never happens again.”
Connor and the rest of the Shire players would really value your support at Ochilview this weekend. Please come along and give the players a hand. Everyone with the club at heart will be more than welcome to what will be a very important match.