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The club is appealing for a final few volunteers to help out at Friday’s Betfred Cup game against Rangers at Ochilview.

It’s shaping up to be a busy evening for the club and with the addition of a live TV broadcast it’s going to be a case of all hands to the pump.

Anyone who has some spare time to give to help make the evening run as smoothly as possible can contact Ian Fleming on 07504 399409 or e-mail us at

Two New Signings

The hard work of preparing for the new season continued after the full-time whistle blew on Saturday’s 5-0 friendly win over East Region Junior Superleague team Penicuik Athletic.

Club officials quickly made moves to sign the two trialists who played the second half of the game and that means former Falkirk player Cameron Hogg and ex-Stirling Albion man, Craig Comrie, who scored the fourth goal at Penicuik Park, will be Shire players this season.

Comrie played 26 matches for League 2 Albion last season and made more than 60 appearances in total for the Forthbank men since graduating from Falkirk FC’s successful youth academy.

Shire coach John Sludden was pleased overall with the team’s display against the junior side, their final practice run before Tuesday night’s Betfred Cup trip to Stranraer.

"It’s all part of the preparation," he said afterwards. "The good things were scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet and the 90 minutes which a few of the boys needed and which they got.

"All-in-all it was good preparation for Tuesday ."

The Shire coach says he’s looking forward to the start of competitive action, although the change in format of the League Cup to four team sections does give scope for further experimentation.

"I’ve even heard Premier League managers say they are going to treat these games almost as an extension of pre-season," said John. "A few of the guys probably do still need some playing time but they are just going to have to go into Tuesday night with what they have."

It’ll certainly be tough for Shire who will have to follow a trip to Stranraer on Tuesday with a home game against Rangers on Friday.

The coach says that could turn out to be a positive.

"It’s almost like a pre-season schedule," he said. "That’s the kind of thing you do in pre-season.

"But we looked sharp (against Penicuik) and we also played well against Ayr United which was pleasing, so we will just need to be ready for these games."

The victory over Penicuik was completed with two goals from new striker David Grant and two more from returning front man, Jamie Glasgow. Jamie is enjoying things with Shire second time around.

"It was an easy decision to make to return," said Jamie. "It’s good to be back and see some of the same familiar faces and get a warm welcome. Training’s been good and I’m looking forward to the season and it’s great to get back among the goals as well."

Although the coaching staff are new to the club, Jamie says he is very familiar with the methods of head coach John Sludden, who is no stranger to the striker.

"I worked with John at youth level and at Camelon as well," he said. "I like his philosophy of playing football and it’s good to play under him. It’s given me confidence to get on the ball and make things happen."

Penicuik Ath. 0 Shire 5

Shire warmed up for the start of the Betfred Cup in fine style with a 5-0 win at East Junior Superleague team Penicuik Athletic.
A dominant first half display had John Sludden’s men 3-0 up at the interval, and although the inevitable string of substitutions took the edge off that in the second period, the team capped a productive afternoon with two more late goals.

The coaches sent out a strong starting eleven although they were still without the holidaying Paul Sludden and new signing Scot Buist.
Nevertheless, Shire made a great start and after just two minutes David Grant went round the home keeper but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line.
Three minutes later Connor Greene’s ball into the box was controlled by Gavin McMillan but his effort went across the face of goal and wide.
Just after the quarter hour David Grant found the space for a shot from inside the penalty box D but his effort was well-saved by Bauld in the Penicuik Athletic goal.
Grant wasn’t going to be denied, though, and a minute later he latched onto a ball flighted in behind the home defence and although he didn’t connect properly his touch was enough to send the ball into the back of the net.
After 25 minutes Grant wriggled free of the attentions of the home defence and tried to beat Bauld with a powerful shot at the keeper’s near post but the ball hit the side netting.
The home team did start to come more into the game and on 27 minutes Penicuik’s trialist number nine had Shire keeper Darren Dolan diving low to his left to make a stop. Derek Ure and Graeme MacGregor both tied their luck from long-range with powerful shots but each narrowly missed their target as Shire kept up a brisk pace.
Eight minutes from the break Jamie Glasgow doubled the lead with a cracking goal, firing home from the edge of the box after some good build-up play.
David Grant then forced Bald to make another fine save, this time at his near post but he wasn’t to be denied after 43 minutes when he found himself all along inside the box with only the keeper to beat and he made the interval lead 3-0.
Shire rung the changes at the interval introducing keeper Dean Shaw, Kris Faulds and a trialist, whilst along making several tactical alterations.
That took the sting out of the game a bit and the home team, who made a number of changes of their own, started to come more into matters.
Shaw dealt with everything which came his way and the defenders in front of him did a good job of eliminating any danger before the Shire keeper even saw it.
In the closing quarter hour, with even more substitutes committed, Shire re-asserted their earlier dominance.
After 74 minutes Faulds came mightily close to making it 4-0 but saw his effort squirm just past the far post.
Five minutes later, though, the two second half trialists combined to find the back of the net; a low cross from the right being bundled over the line bravely from the six yard line despite the attentions of the keeper.
With six minutes left Glasgow was played clean through and beat Bald one-on-one for his second goal of the game and Shire’s fifth.
PENICUIK ATHLETIC : Bald, Sproule, Fobes, Callaghan, Young, Janczyk, Hume, Devlin, Trialist, McCallum, Lough.

SHIRE : Dolan(Shaw 46), Greene, Murray, A. Grant, Fisher(Faulds, 46), MacGregor, McGuigan(White 62), Ure(Trialist, 46), McMillan, D. Grant(Peddie 62), Glasgow.

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