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
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
"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
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.