Both sides shared the points, last season, as both won at home – East Stirlingshire with a 3-1 win at Falkirk Stadium, and Gretna 2008 with a 2-0 win at Raydale.
Even at this early stage, Gretna 2008’s season doesn’t get any easier with each passing week. The Anvils have only managed to score two goals – both coming against Linlithgow Rose, and have leaked a massive 29 goals in five games.
The last time Gretna 2008 tasted a win, was 14th January 2023 – the 2-0 home win over this weekend’s opponents, East Stirlingshire, and the Anvils will be hoping for a repeat performance to get their season underway.
East Stirlingshire have also had a rough start to the season, managing only one point from five games – a 0-0 draw away to Civil Service Strollers.
The Shire have been on the wrong end of 2-1 results on three occasions against Tranent, East Kilbride, and Berwick Rangers, with their other defeat being a 2-0 loss away to Gala Fairydean Rovers.