History has thrown down a challenge to the Shire team as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Netherdale to face Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Lowland League.
If any of them can score a hat-trick in the game then it would equal the club’s post-war record for the number of consecutive matches where at least one Shire player has scored three or more goals, which currently stands at four.
In the club’s last three games Andy Rodgers claimed his match ball by becoming the first Shire player in seventy years to score five in a game in the 9-0 win over Newton Stewart.
A week later Shire returned to Lowland League action with a 6-2 win over Preston Athletic, thanks to four goals from David Grant.
And last Saturday it’s was Paul Sludden’s turn as he scored three in the 5-0 win over Selkirk.
That run of hat-tricks is the longest since September 1946 when individual Shire players scored three or more goals in four consecutive games. Charles Service scored five in a 12-1 Qualifying Cup win over Moorpark Amateurs on 7th September, a week later the same player scored three in a 6-2 league win against Brechin City.
Service followed that on 21st September with four in a 9-1 victory over Shawfield Amateurs in the Qualifying Cup, a game in which Ian Crawford also scored four, and Service scored his fourth successive hat-trick with three in a 4-2 league win over Dundee United on 28th September 1946.
It all adds up to a run of scoring which puts our current 22 goals in our last four matches in the shade a wee bit.
Nevertheless, the team is hoping to do its best to add to that in what will be a tricky game against a Gala Fairydean Rovers side who have gained some positive results over the last few matches, especially at home.
We will need as many Shire fans at Netherdale on Saturday to help the team out. The home club is operating a “pay what you can” policy on the gate which should make it an attractive proposition for fans. Please come along and support the team.