Clydebank 1
Pollok 4
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League (West Region Premiership)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Holm Park
7:30 PM Kick-off

Craig Holmes (41)
Stuart McCann (37)
Stuart McCann (41)
Iain Russell (76)
Adam Forde (81)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Murdo McKinnon

Starting Eleven
1 Marc Waters
2 Michael Bailey
12 Paul Byrne
5 Jamie Darroch
21 Matt McLean
4 Alan Vezza
7 Cammy McClair
19 Craig Holmes
13 Aaron Millar
10 Nicky Little
23 Kyle Munro
Josh Lumsden 1
Jamie Henry 2
Mark Sideserf 3
Paul Gallacher 4
Grant Evans 5
Del Esplin 6
Gary McCann 7
Shaun Fraser 8
Stuart McCann 9
Adam Forde 10
Chris Duff 11

22 Paul Hewitt
6 Jordan Kennedy
3 Andy Paterson
17 Martin Smith
20 Scott Morrison
Iain Russell 12
Andrew Dallas 14
Danny MacKenzie 15
Davie Barron 16
Gerry McLauchlan 20

Martin Smith for Alan Vezza (71)
Paul Hewitt for Aaron Millar (77)
Jordan Kennedy for Cammy McClair (84)
Iain Russell -> Stuart McCann (67)
Andrew Dallas -> Adam Forde (85)
Danny MacKenzie -> Del Esplin (85)

Alan Vezza (45)
Martin Smith (72)
Del Esplin (80)
Paul Gallacher (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven MacDonald (Referee)
Eddie Ferguson & Stephen Clark (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

Clydebank can have no complaints as they were well beaten at home to Pollok by four goals to one. The Bankies were never at the races as Pollok outclassed the Bankies in every department on the field. They closed down the Clydebank players quicker, moved the ball faster and just all round looked a much better side.

The first half was actually fairly tight with very little goal incidents. Pollok were the busier of the two sides constantly forcing the Bankies into losing possession or aimlessly punting the ball up the field. However, for all that it took 21 minutes before a shot was registered on goal when Forde cut in from the left wing leaving two men in his wake before hitting a low effort that was saved by Waters.

The Bankies were fairly inept in their attacking moves and it took until the half hour before they earned a corner kick which was, of course, squandered. Pollok took the lead after 37 minutes after Holmes was careless with a cross field pass that was intercepted. The ball was immediately pushed out to the right wing, crossed into the box for McCann to head home. Too easy.

The Bankies were spurred into some action, and fed up of the lack of inventiveness Kyle Munro tried to take matters into his own hands with a series of individual dribbles one of which led to a wicked shot that was pushed away by Lumsden.

Clydebank got on the scoresheet after 41 minutes and it was a blunder from Lumsden that gifted the equaliser. Craig Holmes hit a well placed diagonal shot from just outside the box, and Lumsden dived to his right and managed to get both hands on the ball but only succeeded in palming it into the net.

Parity only lasted a minute as the Bankies committed the cardinal sin of conceding immediately after scoring when McCann grabbed his second. The fans hopes of going in at the break on level terms had been dashed and Pollok never looked back.

Just four minutes after the restart McCann could have claimed his hat trick when he received a fine sideways pass inside the box, but he directed his shot straight at Waters. Clydebank responded for a short period and Craig Holmes had two long range efforts that both suffered the same fate by squirting wide of the post.

In reality, that was the last time the Bankies were seen as any kind of threat as the match was largely played in Clydebank’s half of the park. Waters produced a couple of good saves to keep the game in the balance particularly tipping a Forde near post volley over the bar.

However, the inevitable third goal arrived in the 76th minute. A quick move and cross down the left wing was headed home by substitute Russell. It was almost a carbon copy of Pollok’s first goal except on the other wing.

The out of sorts Bankies lost another goal just four minutes later. Again, a break down the left wing saw the ball played low across the box for Adam Forde who thrashed a beauty into the net from 15 yards to complete the scoring.

This game will have given manager Gordon Moffat for some food for thought on how to bridge the gap against the better sides we come up against. We are competitive against most teams in the league, and we have seen improved performances of late, however, we have been grinding out results without looking that much better than our opposition. We came up against a much better side tonight who pressed us high up the pitch which our defence and midfield couldn’t cope with. Our forwards were unable to make any inroads into the Pollok defence as we had very few attempts on goal and overall it was a disappointing performance. Auchinleck visit Holm Park next Wednesday and the Bankies will need to up their game significantly in order to avoid a similar fate as tonight.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at March 4th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 24 - 7 - 79 -
Paul Byrne 25 - 4 - 29 -
Jamie Darroch 2022 - 1249
Matt McLean 2416 - 652
Alan Vezza 17 - 6 - 18016
Michael Bailey 24 - 8 - 32 -
Cammy McClair 244738719
Craig Holmes 911 - 101
Kyle Munro 25271323
Aaron Millar 14543188
Nicky Little 27128613888
Jordan Kennedy (sub) 9 - 41131
Martin Smith (sub) 2 - 0 - 2 -
Paul Hewitt (sub) 8 - 1 - 9 -

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
4th March 2020

League Table (as at March 4th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Kilwinning Rgrs 24 16 4 4 +13 52
2. Pollok 22 13 3 6 +26 42
3. Auchinleck Talb 15 12 2 1 +34 38
4. Clydebank 27 11 4 12 -1 37
5. Irvine Meadow 21 11 2 8 -1 35
6. Glenafton Ath 19 10 3 6 +5 33
7. Kilbirnie Lade 24 10 3 11 0 33
8. Rossvale 24 10 2 12 -4 32
9. Cumnock 25 9 5 11 -6 32
10. Beith Juniors 20 8 7 5 +3 31
11. Largs Thistle 24 9 4 11 +1 31
12. Hurlford United 19 8 5 6 +3 29
13. Troon 24 6 4 14 -20 22
14. Benburb 19 5 4 10 -10 19
15. Rutherglen Glen 16 3 2 11 -16 11
16. Kirk Rob Roy 17 2 0 15 -27 6