East Stirlingshrie to taste the great outdoors

EAST Stirlingshire players got some outdoor air in their lungs at training on Thursday night.

After two months of being cooped up in gyms

and sports halls, hopes

are high that Shire's outdoor practice pitches

will be free of snow and ice for the ?rst

time since the end of November.

It could be an important

bonus too, with Saturday's league match

with Clyde almost certain to go ahead at Ochilview on Saturday, making it Shire's ?rst competitive outing in two months.

"The boys have kept themselves in shape during the bad weather ,"

said coach Jim McInally.

"We have had them in the gym and they have been playing small sided

games indoors as well.

"But you can't beat getting them outdoors and onto a full-size pitch, especially as we

can be more con?dent than we have for weeks

that Saturday's game will go ahead.

"The indoor work has been ?ne but we need to be able to prepare properly for Saturday's

match, and that means being able to get outside

and train."

Shire's match practice going into the ?xture against the league's bottom team amounts to a bounce game indoors

at the Toryglen centre in

Glasgow last week.

"That was a good exercise for us," said

the Shire boss. "We certainly needed it and it will help come

Saturday.

"Clyde have been no better off than us when

it comes to getting games in, they will have had to make do with indoor training as well due to the poor

weather ."

In fact, Clyde have not played a competitive ?xture for longer than Shire, they last played on 13th November when

they lost 2-1 against Berwick Rangers. That

game was just seven days after Shire had left

Broadwood with three hard-earned points.

A repeat would do McInally nicely.