East Stirlingshire will not appeal the red card handed out to striker Paul Quinn at the end of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Albion Rovers.
Quinn, who notched Shire’s only goal of the game from the penalty spot, was dismissed by referee Gavin Duncan for elbowing Rovers’ defender Ciaran Donnelly in the face three minutes from time.
It seemed to most watching the game at the time to be the wrong decision but the club has opted to let Quinn take his punishment of a two game ban which begins with this weekend’s SPFL League Two match against Berwick Rangers at Ochilview.
Shire officials have not commented publicly on their reasons for not revisiting what seems an obvious miscarriage of justice but it seems a lack of available evidence is the primary motivation.
It means coach John Coughlin will have to make changes for the Berwick match, which Shire will probably have to win if they are to maintain their position as league leaders.
The coach will bring skipper Kevin Turner back off the subs bench to start the match in Quinn’s place.
“You can take that as a given,” said Coughlin. “Kevin came on at half-time against Albion Rovers and I think we improved after that.
“He certainly makes us more competitive but what he needs to do is get in among the goals, so he will definitely be back.”