Clydebank 0
Gartcairn 1
League (WoSFL Premier)

0 - 1

League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, February 10th, 2024
Holm Park. Att. 621
2:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kamil Krol (86)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Mick Dunlop

Starting Eleven
20 Kieran Hughes
24 James Grant
3 Danny MacKenzie
15 Oisin McHugh
4 Matt Niven
6 Frazer Johnstone
7 Lee Gallacher
23 Nicky Low
9 Callum Graham
10 Nicky Little
16 Craig Truesdale
Kelly 1
Jamie Bain 2
Kieran MacDonald 3
Rumsby 4
Ross Dunlop 5
Ian McShane 6
Scott Ferguson 7
Kevin Nicol 8
Mark McGuigan 9
Tom Reilly 10
Harry Mitchell 11

14 Thomas Collins
5 Jamie Darroch
1 Jamie Donnelly
21 Alan Kelly
22 Creag Little
11 Liam McGonigle
8 Joe Slattery
Scott Stevenson 12
Kenny Barr 14
Gerry McLauchlan 15
Stephen Docherty 16
Kamil Krol 17
Darren Smith 18
Kyle Pirrie 21

Creag Little for Matt Niven (45)
Thomas Collins for Callum Graham (67)
Alan Kelly for Craig Truesdale (67)
Joe Slattery for Nicky Low (81)
Liam McGonigle for Lee Gallacher (81)
Kamil Krol -> Harry Mitchell (58)

James Grant (40)
Nicky Little (56)
Craig Truesdale (58)
Danny MacKenzie (68)
Harry Mitchell (24)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ryan Kennedy (Referee)
Scott Douglas & Howard Wilkin (Assistants)

Match Report

If, and it’s starting to look like a big if, Clydebank are going to win this league, then it is likely we are going to fall over the line rather than burst through the tape. It was an uninspiring and pedestrian performance against Gartcairn – the latest club with a big wallet, and little else - that saw the Bankies fall to their second successive defeat with a goal just four minutes from the end.

Too many players are off-form, especially in the attacking areas. We simply look like a team low on confidence, and we are not moving the ball about quickly enough to hurt the opposition. It’s fine recycling the ball, but those passes with a little bit of risk attached that open up a defence are either not being attempted or not played with enough conviction. Time and time again we allowed Gartcairn to get men behind the ball and reset.

We really only had just the one good chance in the whole game and it came from a defensive error that allowed Callum Graham to swivel and shoot which keeper Kelly pushed away for a corner.

Gartcairn generally played with more intent than the Bankies with Ian McShane pulling the strings, particularly in the first half. We got on top of that particular problem in the second period, and that allowed us to be more forward thinking, however the visitors always posed more of a goalscoring threat.

They had a few chances to open the scoring in the first 45 minutes, the best of which was a fine save by Kieran Hughes from a low McShane shot. The keeper dived full length to his left hand side to turn the ball away for a corner.

The closest the Bankies came was due to a mazy run by Craig Truesdale, which ended with a through ball to Jimmy Grant in the box. He looked a bit undecided, and his shot whilst well hit, was straight at the keeper.

Matt Niven was also lost to the action just before the interval with what looks like a hamstring injury. He pulled up after under-hitting a passback which required Oisin McHugh to perform heroics when Gartcairn had a two on one situation.

The second half looked to be heading down the same route as the first with Gartcairn starting stronger, but the Bankies did finally grow into the game. What this ended up doing was turn the match into a bit of a stalemate. Clydebank never really had enough about themselves to make you think a goal was going to come, and maybe it’s just a supporter’s worst fears coming true, but Gartcairn’s forwards just looked that bit more troublesome.

Unfortunately, just as it looked like we were heading for a goalless draw, Gartcairn took the points with four minutes remaining as a McGuigan shot from the left hit the face of the crossbar and fell to the feet of Krol who stepped inside MacKenzie and drilled the ball into the net.

Don’t get me wrong this was never going to be an easy game. Gartcairn are a very good side. They are spending money like it is going out of fashion in a typical unsustainable way. A club born out of an academy that was meant to give graduates a pathway into adult football, have totally abandoned that ethos at the first sniff of success. They are now outspending just about every other club in the league and opened the cheque book yet again just prior to this match signing ex-Darvel winger Scott Ferguson from East Kilbride.

The move from the Juniors to the Pyramid seems to have given encouragement to this kind of behaviour as a number of clubs are hellbent on going down this route of spending money like there is no tomorrow in the pursuit of advancement. It’s not like anyone is breaking any rules, but it means clubs with no benefactors like Clydebank who have to work hard for every penny through the gate and attracting local sponsors have an extra obstacle in their way.

Back to the game, It has to be said that the Bankies defence has been the cornerstone of our performances since the start of the year. As we have struggled to find the net at the other end, the back four have been outstanding. It is no surprise that the best performers on the day were at the back. Oisin McHugh had a hard shift against McGuigan, and Creag Little did well when he came on for Matt Niven. Danny MacKenzie is beyond reliable at left back, but for me Jimmy Grant and defensive midfielder Frazer Johnstone were our best players on the day.

With Beith also losing today, the gap at the top remained unchanged, but it draws more clubs into the title race. Without playing, Darvel and St Cadocs received a massive favour, and even Auchinleck Talbot can’t be ruled out after quietly working their way up the table following a poor start.

We have no game next week which won’t do any harm in the circumstances. We need to find our way back to form against Largs in a fortnight. To have any chance of winning the league we are going to have to put a strong run together or we can forget about it. All our rivals play next week, so the gap will be further reduced and the Largs match becomes another massive fixture. We simply can’t afford many more losses.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at February 10th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
League Cups All
Kieran Hughes (GK) 15 - 4 - 19 -
James Grant 21 - 51261
Danny MacKenzie 7 - 3 - 28 -
Oisin McHugh 20 - 5 - 851
Matt Niven 203519815
Frazer Johnstone 19 - 4 - 971
Lee Gallacher 2055111828
Nicky Low 17351385
Craig Truesdale 510 - 51
Callum Graham 21352265
Nicky Little 19756251156
Creag Little (sub) 4 - 2 - 392
Joe Slattery (sub) 1713 - 9014
Thomas Collins (sub) 15464218
Alan Kelly (sub) 181536015
Liam McGonigle (sub) 194628620

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
10th February 2024
Glenafton Ath2-3Largs Thistle
Irvine Meadow2-1Pollok
Troon3-2Beith Juniors

League Table (as at February 10th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 21 12 5 4 +18 41
2. Cumnock 22 9 7 6 -3 34
3. Beith Juniors 16 10 2 4 +15 32
4. St Cadocs 17 9 4 4 +11 31
5. Darvel 16 9 3 4 +14 30
6. Gartcairn 19 8 4 7 +8 28
7. Benburb 20 8 3 9 0 27
8. Auchinleck Talb 16 8 2 6 +9 26
9. Pollok 17 7 4 6 +9 25
10. Hurlford United 15 7 4 4 +7 25
11. Largs Thistle 17 6 4 7 -2 22
12. Troon 17 5 4 8 -7 19
13. Kirk Rob Roy 18 5 3 10 -17 18
14. Glenafton Ath 16 3 3 10 -17 12
15. Arthurlie 15 3 2 10 -12 11
16. Irvine Meadow 18 3 2 13 -33 11