Clydebank 6
Petershill 1
League (West Region Premiership)

6 - 1

League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Lochburn Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Little (5)
Nicky Little (7)
Chris Black (23)
Cammy McClair (53)
Andy Paterson (80)
Del Hepburn (84)
Scott Cameron (pen 90)

Team Managers
Kieran McAnespie
Willie Paterson/Paul Kelly

Starting Eleven
1 Marc Waters
14 Chris Dooley
3 Andy Paterson
5 Jamie Darroch
18 Declan Fitzpatrick
4 Alan Vezza
16 Chris Black
15 Liam Rowan
8 Sean Higgins
6 Nicky Little
7 Cammy McClair
D. Dey 1
Lewis Crawford 2
Chirs Wilson 3
Jordan Kennedy 4
Chris Ketterer 5
Dylan Kennedy 6
James Stokes 7
Ross Barclay 8
Scott Cameron 9
Ryan Deas 10
Luke Crerand 11

19 Jack McClair
10 Stevie Higgins
17 Ross Alexander
11 Del Hepburn
20 Scott Morrison
Ian Gold 12
Chris Hall 14
Daniel Fiado 15
Jamie Hamilton 16
Steffan Graham gk

Ross Alexander for Chris Black (65)
Del Hepburn for Sean Higgins (65)
Stevie Higgins for Ross Alexander (82)
Ian Gold -> Luke Crerand (62)
Daniel Fiado -> Ryan Deas (68)

Alan Vezza (72)
Scott Cameron (35)
Chris Wilson (66)
Chris Ketterer (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Hardie (Referee)
Kieran O'Reilly & Andrew Bryson (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

Clydebank hit poor Petershill for six as the Bankies turned in one of their best performances of the season. Nicky Little continued his great goal scoring form by notching a brace in the first seven minutes to make it twelve for the season. The hat-trick eluded him but further goals from Black, McClair, Hepburn and Andy Paterson’s first goal in two years gave the Bankies a resounding victory that sent the club back up to second in the table.

With Michael McIndoe departing the club earlier in the week, Bankies gaffer Kieran McAnespie acted quickly by drafting Declan Fitzpatrick into the side on loan from Clyde. Liam Rowan also returned to the starting line up after missing the last two matches.

Petershill were out the blocks fastest pushing the Bankies back, but found themselves two goals down after just seven minutes with Nicky Little doing the damage on both occasions. Firstly, getting on the end of a lovely dinked through ball by Alan Vezza, the Bankies forward spotted Petershill’s keeper off his line and lifted it expertly over his head and into the net. Moments later, Liam Rowan burst out of defence and threaded the needle with an outstanding pass. Little timed his run to perfection, side-steeped the keeper and rolled the ball home.

The Bankies let an early two goal lead slip away at Cumnock two weeks ago, but were in no mood to repeat this and with 23 minutes on the clock the game was all but over when Chris Black added goal number three. Liam Rowan supplied the assist again, this time with a deep cross to the back post, which Black caught on the volley sending the ball high into the net.

The Bankies continued to hunt for goals, and were unlucky not to add two more before the break. Sean Higgins stole the ball from the keeper and from an impossible angle tried his luck only to see the ball skid off the face of the bar. Then, from a corner Fitzpatrick powered a header inches over the top.

It only took seven minutes after the restart for Clydebank to add to their tally. Ketterer was caught dithering with the ball on the halfway line and Cammy McClair was alert to steal the ball from him, and use his pace to leave the Petershill defence in his wake before slotting the ball calmly into the corner of the net.

Goal number five came from the boot of Andy Paterson who hit a sweet free kick round the wall and into the keeper’s right hand corner. Paterson looked delighted to get on the scoresheet, grabbing his first goal since August 2016.

The rout was completed when Little split the away defence with a neat pass finding substitute Del Hepburn who with an equally smart finish rolled the ball past the keeper.

Petershill grabbed a late consolation when Dooley held back ex-Bankie Ian Gold in the box. Even with the game done and dusted Jamie Darroch was livid at the possibility of giving away the clean sheet. It came to pass as Cameron despatched the ball past Waters.

There’s no doubt that McAnespie and McCulloch have assembled the best Clydebank side since 2011-12. That side played with a bit of style and knew the way to goal. This group look to be every bit as good. It’s just unfortunate that this happens to be the season that Hurlford and their money are sweeping all before them recording ten wins out of ten so far. Otherwise, the Bankies would be strong contenders for the title. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep the pressure on the Ayrshire men by keeping our end of the bargain up and hope that they start losing some points to close the gap.

Match report written by Michael Newman/Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at October 6th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 10 - 5 - 24 -
Chris Dooley 8 - 51301
Andy Paterson 815 - 2168
Jamie Darroch 10151785
Declan Fitzpatrick 1 - 0 - 1 -
Alan Vezza 7 - 6 - 13514
Chris Black 10152364
Liam Rowan 9 - 5 - 14 -
Cammy McClair 10562318
Sean Higgins 9 - 41131
Nicky Little 109538254
Ross Alexander (sub) 6131202
Del Hepburn (sub) 9162153
Stevie Higgins (sub) 81632511

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
6th October 2018
Auchinleck Talb0-1Glenafton Ath
Beith Juniors3-4Hurlford United
Cambuslang R2-2Renfrew
Irvine Meadow1-0Kilwinning Rgrs
Kirk Rob Roy4-3Cumnock
Pollok2-1Kilbirnie Lade
Troon1-0Largs Thistle

League Table (as at October 6th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hurlford United 10 10 0 0 +19 30
2. Clydebank 10 6 1 3 +9 19
3. Pollok 10 5 3 2 +6 18
4. Glenafton Ath 10 5 1 4 +9 16
5. Auchinleck Talb 7 5 1 1 +8 16
6. Cumnock 10 5 1 4 +1 16
7. Largs Thistle 10 4 3 3 +14 15
8. Cambuslang R 10 4 2 4 0 14
9. Beith Juniors 7 4 1 2 +7 13
10. Kilwinning Rgrs 10 3 2 5 -3 11
11. Troon 10 3 2 5 -3 11
12. Kirk Rob Roy 10 3 2 5 -9 11
13. Kilbirnie Lade 10 3 0 7 -5 9
14. Petershill 9 3 0 6 -15 9
15. Renfrew 10 1 2 7 -16 5
16. Irvine Meadow 9 1 1 7 -22 4