0 - 4
League (2nd Division)
Mike Larnach (36)
Gordon Laing (o.g.) (62)
Tom Davidson (o.g.) (71)
Joe McCallan (74)
1 John Lyle
2 Gordon Laing
3 Peter McQuade
4 Tom Davidson
5 Roy McDowell
6 Ben McCabe
7 Ian Smith
8 Jocky Miller
9 Roddy Georgeson
10 Eric Tait
11 John Butler
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11
12 Gordon Welsh
14 Gus McLeod
Jimmy Caskie 12
Bobby Provan 14
|Gus McLeod -> John Butler||None.|
Norrie Hall (88)
W Anderson (Referee)
Clydebank were unchanged at Berwick as they faced another stiff hurdle in their bid for promotion. Strong winds, and driving rain made conditions very difficult and kept the crowd down to around the 400 mark. - half at least coming from Clydebank.
Bankies with the gale at their backs had the upper hand in the opening stages and in the 10thminute a Larnach flick gave McCallan a chance but Lyle raced from goal to block the danger.
Cooper and Lumsden combined well on the right to set up an opportunity for Sammy Henderson.However the skipper's 18 yard drive was too high.
Bankies were well on top, pushing the ball around with ease but a moments slackness in defence was almost punished in the 30th minute. Butler intercepted the ball in the penalty area and rounded McKenzie before chipping across goal. However there was no home forward on hand to accept the gift and the ball was cleared.
Bankies deservedly took the lead in the 36th minute. Sam Goodwin started the move with a long ball to the right wing from deep in his own half. Davie Cooper ghosted past McQuade and his cross was headed strongly goalward by McCallan. Keeper Lyle did very well to tip the ball onto the bar but Mike Larnach was on hand to bury the ball into the net.
This shook Berwick into action and Butler beat Fallon before unleashing a rocket that scraped the post, He was immediately booked by the referee presumably for passing a remark.
The conditions had deteriorated at the interval and after the restart it was Berwick's turn to have the advantage. They applied early pressure and Tait wasted a golden opportunity when he was clear through, foolishly attempting to shoot from 25 yards and McKenzie blocked his effort.
Georgeson wasted another opening for the home side in the 52nd minute when a mis-punch by McKenzie landed at his feet 12 yards out but he lashed the ball over the bar.
This was to be Berwick's last chance as from this point on Bankies took over. They went two up in the 62nd minute. Davie Cooper made ground on the right and his hard, low cross was sliced into the home net by Berwick's right back Laing.
With DavieCooper at last playing the way we know he can and Lumsden and Henderson in complete control in midfield, Bankies were playing superb football, helping their supporters to forget about the weather, To emphasise their superiority they scored two further goals in a two minute burst midway through the second half.
Firstly in the 71st minute Davie Cooper took a pass from Henderson and cut in to shoot from 20 yards. It seemed to be deflected and finished in the net with Lyle nowhere. Then a minute later a typical Joe McCallan goal sent the large travelling support wild with delight. Lumsden's cross was perfectly placed for the blond striker to bullet a header into the net before the Berwick keeper could move.
In the closing minutes Norrie Hall was booked for foolishly kicking the ball away after a decision had gone against him.
This was Bankies best away victory for many a long day and their fifth league victory in a row which leaves them sitting proudly on top of the league with maximum points and still to concede a goal. Spurred on by an inspired skipper in Sammy Henderson this was a great team performance in atrocious conditions that had the fans singing their praises.
Next up sees challengers Raith Rovers, unbeaten in the league so far this season, at Kilbowie in what should be an exciting match. Bankies must be hoping that their home gates increase as much as their travelling support has done in recent weeks. It would be well worth taking a trip along to Kilbowie to see if Bankies, on a crest of a wave,can continue their great run.
|1975-76||All Time||All Time|
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||5||-||8||-||5||-||8||-||13||-|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
|27th September 1975|
|Albion Rovers||0-1||Alloa Athletic|
|East Stirlingshire||1-0||Brechin City|
|Raith Rovers||2-2||Forfar Ath|