East Kilbride Preview

Shire will close their first-ever Lowland League season with a home match against champions-elect East Kilbride at Ochilview this weekend.

Coach John Sludden will have to do without the services of captain Derek Ure who starts a two game suspension following his sending-off in last Saturday’s game at Dalbeattie Star.

The coach is also waiting on a fitness check on Liam Allison, who suffered a leg knock at Dalbeattie and was forced out of the action after just 28 minutes.

“We have said before that we will need everyone in the squad to play their part,” said John. “Derek is an important player for us but it does offer the chance to someone else to come in and stake a claim.

“We will be looking at training this week to see who has stepped up to the mark.”

The coach is also hoping to see his team get back to winning ways – a defeat and a draw in Shire’s last two matches is the first time the team has gone so long without a victory since October.

The last time Shire won a game was the 7-1 victory at Preston Athletic on 1st April .

The coach is aware that this weekend’s game will be their toughest perhaps of the entire season. Shire had their own hopes of claiming the championship but have had to settle for the runners-up slot.

“They have been worthy winners,” said John of Saturday’s visitors. “They got off to a great start and we couldn’t catch them. But it’s a game we want to win.”

Both teams have been told by match referee Mike Roncone to change into their away colours, so Shire will wear blue and yellow and East Kilbride all-white.

The players and coaches would love to see as many Shire fans as possible at what will be the club’s last home game of the 2016/17 season. Please make an effort to come along and support the team.