ARDENCAPLE’S 2006 team are in the middle of a hectic end-of-season schedule, with their last 11 league games having to be squeezed into just 24 days.

Caple had played seven of those 11 games as this article was written, and had won six of them – starting with back-to-back home and away wins over Drumchapel, and also including big wins away to Parkmoor (5-0), Giffnock (7-2) and Renfrew (6-3).

The only loss for the team in that seven-game spell was a 3-2 defeat at home to Clydebank, when Caple were left to rue an injury to Dorizon while leading by two goals.

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Before Ardencaple had a chance to settle after making a substitution, Clydebank scored two in a minute to level the game before the break; a mixture of good goalkeeping and missed chances saw Caple unable to find the net in the second half as Clydebank snatched a winner.

Caple’s good form of recent weeks has seen them move up the league into third place; captain Shields has driven the team on throughout, and his excellent performances have been a major factor in the team’s winning run.

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Never was that more the than in the superb 3-2 win at home to league leaders Tass Thistle; the whole team was outstanding in this match, but the finishing power of Shields decided the game, with the skipper grabbing all three and leaving the Thistle keeper with no answer to his superb finishing.

Ardencaple coaches Chico Livingston and Euan Birss have been delighted with the performance of the whole squad over the season, especially in this period of so many games.

The remaining games will be tough as the run includes probable league winners Pollok and a return game with Clydebank.

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Ardencaple squad: O’Rourke, Livingston, L. Sharp, A. Dobbin, J. Godwin, Dorizon, Shields, C. Sharp, Poirier, Murray, Ballantyne, Cooke, Williams, Wilson, Dougan, Szeles, Howie, Ridge.