Tiredness may have been a factor in Shire’s disappointing 2-0 Stirlingshire Cup defeat at the hands of Alloa Athletic.
Boss Gordon Wylde admitted after the game that the effort put into beating Falkirk on Tuesday night in the same competition told just 48 hours later.
“There were definately a lot of tired legs out there and maybe it was asking a lot of them to produce the same kind of performance so soon.
“It was a bit flat but some players who didn’t play against Falkirk got a run out and the game was useful for that point of view.
“Alloa are a very useful side and I don’t think we will see that kind of quality week-in, week-out in the Third Division. It was another important test but, two games in such a short space of time was clearly more than some could cope with.”
The players will at least get plenty of time to recover because the next time the first team will be in action will be the league opener at East Fife on 4th August.
Wylde had hoped to fit in one last pre-season match at Dalbeattie Star on Sunday afternoon but that game has fallen through and will not now take place.
“I admit we may not have played as many games as I would have liked. Certainly, the players say they wanted more games but only time will tell whether or not that will affect us when the league games start.
“We won’t now play any more matches until we go to East Fife. There will be at least three more training session at which we will concentate on things like setpieces and we will play plenty of short-sided matches between ourselves.”
A MATCH REPORT ON THE ALLOA GAME CAN BE VIEWED BY GOING TO THE FIXTURES PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RESULT.