Frustration for Shire boss

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The current big freeze has hit East Stirlingshire’s plans to improve their fortunes, according to head coach John Coughlin.

Shire have not played a match for three weeks and Coughlin has been left frustrated in his attempts to re-model his squad and lift the club out of the bottom three in the Third Division table.

The coach’s plans have been so badly stymied by the weather that he has had a trialist centre-half training with the club for the past few weeks who he has never yet seen in action.

He is hoping the weather may relent enough to allow Saturday’s match at Clyde to get the go ahead which would allow him to kick-start the changes he wants to see.

“We brought a lad in from the juniors three weeks ago who came highly-recommended but so far all he has been able to do is train,” said Coughlin. “The lad is desperate to play and create an impression and we are just as keen to see him in action because we need to improve at the back.

“But we cannot make an assessment on whether he is going to be any use to us based on a few training sessions. We need to have a look at him in games.”

The chances of this weekend’s match being played are entirely in the hands of the weather. Clyde’s Broadwood Stadium now has an artificial 3G surface but that has not stopped their two most recent home matches being postponed.