There will be no rest this week for East Stirlingshire players despite the fact that the team has no game. Shire’s planned Lowland League encounter with Spartans, set for Ochilview on Saturday, is a casualty of the SPFL decision last week to expel Albion Rovers from the IRN-BRU Cup.
It could have been a title decider and is now no more than a dead rubber, but East Stirlingshire coach John Sludden says the team’s final Lowland League game of the season against champions-elect East Kilbride is still one he wants to win.
Shire 2 Cumbernauld 3: Semi-final defeat for Shire
Defeat at the hands of Cumbernauld Colts in Friday’s SFA South Region Challenge Cup semi-final was just East Stirlingshire’s fifth loss to Lowland League opposition this season. But it fitted a pattern.
Shire refuse to throw in the towel on Lowland title
They may be running out of games if they are to mount a challenge to Lowland League leaders East Kilbride, but East Stirlingshire say there is still plenty to play for between now and the end of the season.
John Sludden never believed for a moment that his East Stirlingshire players would thrown in the towel on their season after January’s defeat against Spartans appeared to end their Lowland League title ambitions.