Striker Paul Sludden became the third Shire player in successive Saturdays to claim a hat-trick match ball – then said it wasn’t important who gets the goals that win games.
Nevertheless, a week after David Grant hit four against Preston Athletic and a fortnight after Andy Rodgers scored five in the game against Newton Stewart, Paul says he was happy with his own achievement.
His three eased Shire to a 5-0 win over Selkirk that wasn’t without its difficulties but which became easier after a two goal burst in the opening six minutes of the second half. Shire now move to second in the Lowland League table.
“It’s great to get goals but it’s all about the team,” said Paul afterwards. “It doesn’t matter if I’m scoring, if Andy or Granty’s scoring, or if the midfield or the defence is scoring, it’s about us getting three points every week and doing the best we can.
“Personally it’s great to get three goals but it’s all about us taking each game week-by-week and doing the best we can.”
The Selkirk match was by no means as straightforward as the final score makes it appear. The visitors certainly gave their all, especially in the first twenty minutes and had one really good chance to take the lead at 0-0.
However, once Shire eased themselves into the game Selkirk found the strike force a bit too hot to handle. Paul says there is certainly a pattern there.
“That seems be a recurring theme,” he said. “Teams come at us and for the first 20 minutes it is a very competitive match. But if we can get into our stride and create chances we always look like we are going to score.
“Credit to Selkirk. They came with confidence and they thought they could get at us again but defensively we worked hard as a unit to stop them scoring first and foremost.
“But once we got the first and then the second that really settled us,” said Paul.
It was the team’s fourth successive win and the Shire striker, who joined from fellow Lowland League club Stirling University in the summer, says after a bit of settling in the team is now starting to tick.
“It’s very enjoyable,” he said. “You have to come and enjoy your football. That’s what it’s all about. We had a squad overhaul in the summer and it’s taken us a couple of months to get used to people and how they play.
“All we can do now is take each game as it comes and see where it takes us,” said the striker of the next important challenge, which is to keep that run of wins going and try to get closer to the top of the league.
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