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League (2nd Division)
Sam Goodwin (76)
||Malcolm Robertson (48)|
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Jimmy Lumsden
7 Davie Cooper
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Dougie Hay
Murray McDermott 1
Jimmy Brown 2
Chris Dempster 3
Don Urquhart 4
Davie Cairns 5
Brian Cooper 6
Malcolm Robertson 7
Gordon Wallace 8
Robert Graham 9
David Hunter 10
Ronnie Duncan 11
12 Bobby Provan
14 Jimmy Caskie
Tom Brown 12
Jimmy Caskie for Jimmy Lumsden
||Tom Brown -> David Hunter (77)|
RD Keggie (Referee)
Bankies 100 per cent record finally went at Kilbowie when, in atrocious conditions, hey were held to a draw by a fighting Rovers side. Neither team really mastered the tricky conditions, but full credit to every player involved for putting on an exciting show for the fans who braved the elements.
Bankies started the match unchanged and with the wind behind them they burst into attack. However it was Raith who came close when a Graham flick from a corner was blocked on the line by Lumsden.
The homesters shrugged off this close shave and were soon buzzing around McDermott's goal. They should have taken the lead in the 10th minute when a peach of a pass from Sam Goodwin found Joe McCallan running unmarked into the area, However, after drawing the keeper, Bankies ace striker shot wide of the goal from 12 yards.
As Bankies continued to dominate proceedings McDermott accomplished himself with two brilliant saves from Lumsden in as many minutes. Firstly, a flying leap to turn a 30 yard drive over for a corner, then a great parry of a vicious 20 yarder.
Bankies were looking far from happy in the conditions, however. Gone was the neat man-to-man build up that had destroyed Berwick the previous week.
The inteval came as a great relief to Rovers who were entitled to feel pleased with their first half showing, having held the league leaders against the wind. Their pleasure turned to sheer delight in the 48th minute when they took a shock lead and became the first team to score against Bankies in the league this season.
It proved to be a disastrous defensive slip that finally cost Roddy McKenzie his record. For the ball was needlessly played across the 18 yard line and when Hay was hopelessly short with an attempted pass back, Robertson accepted the gift slipped past the despairing keeper and slammed the ball home.
Bankies were stunned and faced an uphill task to come back into the game against a good Rovers side.
Caskie replaced Lumsden who had struggled as much as anyone and brilliantly prompted by Sam Goodwin, the homesters strove for the equaliser.
Things became rather less than friendly as the pace hotted up and Wallace was booked for a foul on McCallan. Seconds later Norrie Hall collected his second successive booking after pulling down Duncan. Cairns became the fourth player to find his name in the book within 10 minutes, this time for kicking Joe McCallan when the ball was dead.
Amidst all this, Bankies were still struggling to break down a strong defence and their efforts were finally rewarded in the 76th minute when Sam Goodwin equalised with a brilliant goal. A Cooper free kick rebounded off the Rovers wall to Goodwin and he capped his best show in a Clydebank jersey by thundering a magnificent 25 yard shot into the net.
Raith immediately pulled on Brown for Hunter and seemed content to settle for a well earned draw. Try as they might Bankies could not snatch the winner and in the end had to be content with a share of the points.
This left both teams still unbeaten in the league with Bankies two points clear at the top. There was enough evidence to show that the plucky Fife side will be challenging at the end. They had excellent players in McDermott, Cairns, Brown, Robertson and Wallace. Only the ever-dependable Jim Fallon, Sam Goodwin and to a lesser extent Henderson and Cooper reached their best form for Bankies who despite having the overall superiority, could not turn their advantage into goals.
One cannot grudge the players an off day. Just let's hope that they regain top form for the trip to Coatbridge to play Albion Rovers, who have made a promising start to the season.
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||14||-||14||-|
|Jimmy Caskie (sub)||25||11||1||206||70|
No league table has been added for this season.