Clyde in home flop

Bully Wee come up short

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Clyde slipped fur­ther away from the pro­mo­tion places with around a quar­ter of the sea­son played af­ter a de­feat to Stir­ling Al­bion.

It was a short trip down the M80 to Broad­wood Sta­dium for Al­bion, who picked up a 1-0 vic­tory.

Clyde looked to threaten early on, with Scott Fer­gu­son pos­ing their most po­tent at­tack­ing threat, as he took up the role of lone striker in the open­ing ex­changes.

A ball in from Scott Lin­ton bob­bled into the box with a Fer­gu­son header well han­dled by the keeper.

Scott Lin­ton and Fer­gu­son were com­bin­ing well, and as Lin­ton squared the ball across the six-yard box, Fer­gu­son was inches away from tap­ping in for Clyde to take the lead.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors had the ma­jor­ity of the pos­ses­sion and nearly scored af­ter Sean Hig­gins was robbed in mid­field af­ter some sloppy play.

A neat ball through split the Bully Wee defence, and as Steven Doris tried to slot the ball past John Gib­son, the Clyde man blocked the shot well with his feet.

Stir­ling con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate play, and af­ter a whipped cross came in, the Clyde defence were caught out and left Stir­ling striker Sandy Cun­ning­ham un­marked, and he calmly slot­ted the ball past Gib­son into the net.

Clyde were re­duced to long shots, with the only real chance com­ing for the home side af­ter a ball in from the left fell to Steven Bris­bane, and his shot from the edge of the box de­flected nar­rowly wide.

As Clyde looked to counter- at­tack, Clyde man Hig­gins was flat­tened by Craig Com­rie.

It was a clear foul, lead­ing to Com­rie re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low.

The Bully Wee were un­able to break a de­fen­sive-minded Stir­ling down but, af­ter lim­ited chances through­out the game, a long ball into the box in in­jury time was mis­judged by Stir­ling keeper Smith and left Sean Hig­gins with an open goal.

Af­ter he slot­ted the ball home, the cel­e­bra­tions of the home sup­port were quickly ended when the lines­man flagged for off­side.

A dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for Clyde against a Stir­ling side who had only won two games all sea­son, with a daunt­ing trip to ju­nior side Formartine United in Aberdeen in the Scot­tish Cup next up.

Bat­tle Clyde came up short on Satur­day

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