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Closed Door Run Out

Coach John Sludden gave some of the squad some welcome game time on Tuesday evening against a young Stirling Albion team at Forthbank.

Shire won the match 4-0 with doubles from David Grant and Paul Sludden, but of greater importance was getting some of the players who have not been starting recently the opportunity to play a full 90 minutes.

Adam Murray made his comeback from injury in Tuesday's closed-door game.
Adam Murray made his comeback from injury in Tuesday’s closed-door game.

It also allowed Adam Murray to make his comeback from a troubling hip injury and Steven Brisbane also made his first Shire apperance after signing last week and being an unused substitute against Vale of Leithen on Saturday.

“It was a good exercise,” said the coach. “It was also important to get 90 minutes for Adam and also Simon White and Lewis Peddie and some of the other guys who have found themselves on the bench over the last few weeks.

“Drew Ramsay got another 80 minutes after starting for the first time in a while in Saturday’s league game and that won’t do him any harm either,” said the coach.

John is keen to try and fix up more Tuesday night friendlies to make sure those players who are not in a Saturday starting eleven are getting match fitness and has been working hard to set up a series of these games in the new year.