Barry’s Bully Wee are on the march

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Barry Cud­dihy scored Clyde’s late win­ner be­fore re­veal­ing the Bully Wee are on the march.

The for­mer An­nan mid­fielder firmly in­sisted pro­mo­tion was the tar­get for man­ager Jim Chap­man’s team as they de­servedly dis­man­tled Stir­ling Al­bion’s 100 per cent league record.

Cud­dihy, one of a num­ber of play­ers who was with Chap­man at An­nan, was all smiles af­ter scor­ing the 79th minute de­cider and said: “Our aim is the play-offs at least.

“It’s a new squad and there is a good spirit in the team. Quite a lot of the boys know each other from An­nan, there are fa­mil­iar faces which makes it eas­ier.

“When you walk into the dress­ing room you don’t feel like a stranger.”

Roared on by their fans at Forth­bank , Clyde recorded their first away win since last Oc­to­ber.

The Bi­nos could not have asked for a bet­ter start when ex-Clyde ace Peter Mac­Don­ald gave them an early lead.

The hosts, how­ever, looked vul­ner­a­ble at the back and it came as no sur­prise when for­mer Scot­land front man David Good­willie, who gave Bi­nos a tor­rid time, lev­elled min­utes be­fore the break.

Mark Bur­bidge made it 2-1 in the 47th minute and al­though Hearts loa­nee Cal­l­umn Mor­ri­son equalised there was to be no deny­ing Cud­dihy his se­cond goal of the sea­son as he fired home Good­willie’s through-ball.

Cud­dihy, 20, added :“It’s a great re­sult es­pe­cially since Stir­ling had won four in four.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be hard and if they had got the three points it was go­ing to be a pretty big mar­gin be­tween us and them.”

Mean­while, Chap­man has given Scot­land un­der-21 cap Kieran Duffie a route back into the game.

The for­mer Falkirk de­fender spent al­most two years out fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal of 2015 due to a knee in­jury.

Duffie, 25, spent pre-sea­son with East Fife how­ever, no con­tract was agreed and a tri­al­ist ap­pear­ance at Al­bion Rovers failed to se­cure a deal.

Chap­man then stepped in to take him to the Bully Wee on loan and said: “Com­ing to us is a win-win as he gets a plat­form to re­build his ca­reer and we get a player of great ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity.”

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