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League (Division 2)
1 John Lyle
2 Willie Callaghan
3 Gordon Laing
4 Tom Davidson
5 Roy McDowell
6 Eric Tait
7 M. Thomson
8 George Douglas
9 Tony Hall
10 Roddy Georgeson
11 Billy Armstrong
Jim Gallacher 1
Davie Mitchell 2
Gregor Abel 3
Norrie Hall 4
Jim Fallon 5
Billy McColl 6
Mike Larnach 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Ward White 9
Andy Roxburgh 10
Harry Bell 11
12 Ben McCabe
14 Pat Wilson
|Ben Wilson -> M. Thomson||
Billy Fanning for Andy Roxburgh (45)
TR Kyle (Referee)
On a gale swept park the Bankies held the home team, second top of the league, to a goalless draw. It wasn't a great game thanks to the conditions, but it must have boosted the Bankies morale a great deal.
For they did what a few more fancied teams failed to do this season - hold out to the strong going Berwick team on their home ground. But don't get the impression the Bankies were brilliant. In fact at times their display could only be described as mediocre.
They were far too slack in attack and their midfield play left a lot to be desired. It is noticeable that when Ward White and Billy McColl play really well the team as whole clicks and the goals go in - the Stranraer game was the best example of that.
I'm not singling these two out for criticism, for the whole team didn't exactly impress, no doubt due to the conditions. However, if only the side could be more consistent then that climb towards the top of the league would be accomplished much more quickly.
Sammy Henderson booked the strong wind for the first half and immediately the Bankies went into attack. Berwick were not content to hold out until half time however and did more of their share of attacking the first half. In the 7th minute Davie Mitchell practically gave the ball to Rangers inside left Georgeson who wormed his way to the bye line before cutting a beautiful ball back to his centre forward Ian Hall. From a matter of feet from the goal line the number nine completely fluffed his shot with the goal at his mercy.
Sammy Henderson was unlucky to see a fine shot dip just over the bar in the 21st minute and two minutes later the same player brought out the best in Lyle who had to tip a first time shot over the bar. The chance of the match fell to Ward White in the 21st minute. Lyle could not hold a shot from Mike Larnach, White pounced on the rebound but, remarkably, shot the ball wide with an open goal in front of him.
Tactics had obviously been talked in the dressing room at half time for when the teams came out for the second half Andy Roxburgh had been substituted for Billy Fanning who immediately took up a sweepers position behind Norrie Hall and Jim Fallon. Playing into the wind now the Bankies obviously thought they would be overwhelmed by the Berwick side.
But as so often happens, the team playing into the wind plays a lot better than it does playing with the wind. And the Bankies did just that. They were still making things difficult at times by playing the ball too close but at the same time were able to string a good few passes together and build up a number of promising attacks.
And when they were dealing with a Berwick attack the offside trap was used quite effectively - although the home crowd didn't like it a little bit. The nearest any side came to scoring was when the Bankies were awarded an indirect free kick well inside the Berwick box. It eventually only came to a corner, the laid off shot being deflected off a defender.
|1973-74||All Time||All Time|
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||22||13||-||2||-||26||-||4||-||30||-|
|Billy Fanning (sub)||18||6||-||3||-||7||-||3||-||10||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|21st November 1973|
|Brechin City||0-4||Raith Rovers|
|East Stirlingshire||1-2||Queen's Park|
|Queen of South||1-2||Hamilton Accies|
|7.||Queen of South||16||8||3||5||+8||19|