Shire challenged to step up to the plate

East Stirlingshire’s players have been set the task of realising their potential between now and the end of the season.

Coach Jim McInally believes last weekend’s 3-2 win over promotion-chasing Queen’s Park shows his team is capable of far better than they have managed to achieve this season.

And he knows if they are to survive the dog fight to avoid the wooden spoon it is a result they will have to repeat before the campaign finishes.

“We know that between now and the end of the season we have to fight on,” he said. “We were on a dreadful run but have now taken seven of our last nine points and that is a terrific achievement from the players, considering we have so many players out through injuries,” he said.

“I said a few weeks ago that if we were to get

anywhere we would have to upset some teams who were chasing promotion. I tried to motivate the players by telling them it was time to get back at teams who took great pleasure in beating us when we were up there the last couple of seasons.

“We did that on Saturday but we will have to do it again between now and the end of the season.”

McInally will take his makeshift squad to Stranraer on Saturday for another match against a team with an outside chance of winning the title.

He may be able to bring back Dean Richardson for the game but will make a decision much closer to kick-off.

The club skipper has been suffering from a pelvic problem and initially was ruled out of the team for the rest of the season.

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