0 - 3
0 - 3
League (Super Premier Division)
Ali Martin (14)
Chris Hall (41)
Chris Hall (53)
1 Stefan Gonet
2 John Greig
3 Andy Paterson
4 Tommy Martin
5 Ross Campbell
6 Barry Crawford
7 Paul Thompson
8 Ian Gold
9 Charlie Hobbs
10 Stevie Dymock
11 Mark Hailstones
12 Paul Bell
14 Michael MacAdam
15 Paul Allum
16 Martin McComish
17 Ross McPherson
18 Gordon Moffat
20 Robert Hamilton
Paul Allum for Charlie Hobbs (47)
Martin McComish for Mark Hailstones (70)
Michael MacAdam for Barry Crawford (77)
Woods - > Hall (67)
McShane -> Chalmers (82)
Wrigh -> Martin (87)
Tommy Martin (71)
Martin McCarthy (Referee)
You would be forgiven for thinking that Ashfield actually prefer playing at Holm Park than they do at their own Saracen Park ground. That is because for the fifth time in a row they have left with the three points in their back pocket. It seems to be getting progressively worse for manager Budgie McGhie and his troops as Ashfield recorded their best ever result over the Bankies. Three goals without reply was the final result, and although the margin was a little harsh on the home side, the actual outcome seemed inevitable.
Ashfield became Clydebank’s most played against opponents with this being the 17th meeting between the sides. The Bankies had already lost twice at Holm Park against the Field in the past few months, unable to recover from the loss of an early goal. The Bankies weren’t helped going into the match with the absence of Darian MacKinnon, and the squad already struggling due a mixture of injury and holidays. This forced Budgie McGhie to draft in defender John Greig from the Under-21s.
The first fifteen minutes of the match were quite nondescript with an ambitious shot by Mark Hailstones the only thing worthy of note. However, as has been alluded to in the last paragraph, the Bankies went onto lose an early goal for the third time A pretty routine ball was launched into the Bankies box towards the back post. Paul Thompson was far too lax in his marking as he allowed Ali Martin far too much space, and he stepped inside before rolling the ball into the net. A goal out of nothing, and given away for the same price.
The Bankies responded to this set back by forcing a series of corner kicks, however they were getting no change out of the Ashfield defence. There were two moments which maybe looked a little promising. An over head kick attempt from Dymock which went wide, and a nice move which saw Gold lose control of the ball at the vital moment as he bore down on goal. It was like watching a re-run of a previous encounter between the sides as Ashfield defended the early lead and the Bankies looked clueless as to how to get back into the match.
This was worse however, as Ashfield had done pretty much nothing the whole first half, apart from put the ball in the back of the net. As the half time whistle approached, Ashfield were about to nothing for the second time in the match. Martin picked up a loose ball and hit the bye line and his low near post cross was guided into the net by Hall who had all too easily stepped away from his marker.
There was nothing at the start of the second half, which suggested that the Bankies had any idea on how to get back into the game. Ian Gold who was a glimmer of light in a pretty overcast day and he had a decent shot over the bar. However, it was all academic as Ashfield were about to make it three goals from three shots. Martin burst through the Bankies defence as if they weren’t there, and he squared the ball to Hall who side-footed high into the net from the edge of the box.
That was pretty much that. That Bankies barely summoned up an effort at goal. A Stevie Dymock header that drifted harmlessly wide more or less the size of it. In fact, Ashfield finally decided to have a shot at goal that didn’t go in. Smith met a corner from the left at the back post, and only the out-stretched hand of Stefan Gonet prevented an even worse scoreline.
This was one of the worst performances by a Clydebank side in a long, long time. When the Bankies played in the Premier League in the senior days there were many performances like this where a distinct lack of creation, and poor defending contributed to an inevitable defeat. This match was just like that. The difference in those days was that there was a big gulf in resources and class that doesn’t exist to the same extent at this level. The target of survival for this season was seen as difficult but achievable. However, with last season’s champions, and runners-up in the shape of Irvine Meadow and Arthurlie respectively to come next, the Bankies could be facing a long hard winter.
Match report written by Stuart McBay
|Stefan Gonet (GK)||29||4||-||128||-|
|Paul Allum (sub)||27||6||-||145||12|
|Michael MacAdam (sub)||-||6||-||16||1|
|Martin McComish (sub)||20||4||-||26||3|
No games played.