Holm Park, WOSFL Premier Division, 3/12/21
Entrance – £7 Me, £0 Wee Man
Attendance – ?
Pie – £7 chilli chicken burger and cheeseburger
Pint – Put to the sword by the traffic at Charing Cross on the way down
Clydebank Football Club
Founded – 2004
Nickname – The Bankies
Honours – Central League Division Two – 2003/04, Central League Cup– 2009/10, 2011/12. Sectional League Cup – 2013/14, 2017/18
Random Fact – The club are in fact the fifth Clydebank FC after Clydebank FC 1888-1895, Clydebank FC 1899-1902, Clydebank FC 1914-1931 and Clydebank FC 1965 – 2002
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Last week Storm Arwen may have knocked out the power for five days, took out the phone lines and buggered my roof leaving a host of leaks but it did not stop us heading to Holm Park, just delayed the trip a week. Instead of Yoker v Ashfield we took on this Clydebank v Troon encounter, out tenth Friday under the lights this season. There is something great about the games that are rushed straight from the school run under the lights on a Friday. I would go as far as saying a Friday night is my favourite time for a game these days. Always made better when the game is decent.
Clydebank was a tropical nine degrees when we arrived which was a fine change from the wintery crap we have put up with for weeks now up our way in deepest Aberdeenshire. However this weeks media darlings Clydebank did not start this match warm and were caught cold by Troon who went at them from the first whistle. The Bankies couldn’t cope and Troon were causing problems for the home backline from the off, led by the impressive Sam Jamieson. Five minutes in and the visitors were in front when Ray Montgomerie was in miles of space on the right and unleashed an effort from around twelve yards into the net leaving keeper Donnely quite rightly shellacking his defence. The visitors could have doubled it when Gallacher was allowed to run 50 yards and play in Jamieson but he got his shot wrong and fired wide. Clydebank started to get into the game and created a few half chances and nullified the fast attacking early play from Troon. The equaliser came just after the half hour when it was Troon’s turn to shoot themselves in the foot. A long free kick was struck in from the left and the whole Troon team stood and watched the lofty punt and left big defender Jamie Darroch to cruise in and tap home from eight yards with the freedom of Holm Park. Troon cried for offside an spat feathers at the linesman, but I can assure you this was nowhere near offside. Wee Man and I had the best view in the house and were directly in line. Offside no, ball watching yes.
HT 1 v 1
Half time came and we were treated to a bizarre sight. The Bankies “Ultras” who had created a commendable din and atmosphere throughout the first half(complete with derogatory Airdrie ditties)entered the pitch and had what looked like a fifty man kick about. Subs, ach they are not important, let the punters get a kick about. Kick and chase type stuff and every foul or error was greeted by jeers and cheers from the healthy Holm Park crowd. Decent half time entertainment. I had never seen the likes before. Unfortunately my phone was critically low on power by this point as I had been with the lovely lady in the afternoon and never noticed the depletion. This meaning I could not document it in photo form.
The second half started the way the first ended with the Bankies being the better of the two. The first opportunity was from a set piece which Gallacher struck a couple of inches over the bar. McPherson was then disappointed when he could not reach a superb ball into the box with his head. With the whole goal wide open any contact would have seen the Bankies in the lead. The lead was taken through Little who was aided by the post and the goalkeeper with his eighteen yard effort. A decent initial strike albeit it very fortuitous after it left his foot , but it was better than the shot in the lead up which technically started the move. Lets just say it was going out for a throw it was that bad. But on top of this the defending was not up to scratch and it the ball was like a hot tattie before eventually landing at Little. More than one slice of luck in the goal but they all count. However, was it an OG for keeper Fisher? Clydebank should have put the game to bed not long after when Lynass was wide open to volley from close range but he got it all wrong and send a poor effort wide. Troon had their first real sight of goal in the second when substitute Aaron Boyd hit a decent low effort which Donnelly got down well to steer out for a corner. The resulting corner led to a goal line clearance from a Clydebank defender. That was about it for attacking threat from Troon in the second half. The game was finished off when again poor defending cost Troon dearly. A corner was put in the box where Bankies defender Darroch was wide open to take it down but he didn’t get his touch right. Due to the time he had he, still managed to get it out his feet then somehow managed to get it wide to Lynass who put in what looked a poor ball. Troon keeper Fisher came to collect but failed to see Little who nipped in to head home from a very tight angle leaving Fisher in no mans land. Clydebank could have added to the score but Gallacher saw an effort off the line and Little should have done better when he rasped a shot wide in the dying minutes. The ref blew up and Clydebank were good for their win over the ninety.
As we got to the car the rain was just starting, by the time we were through Glasgow our journey had turned into a 170 mile white knuckle “splash mountain” type ride leading to a wee deserved Aquavit to calm the nerves on arrival back home. A bastard of a drive it was. Not that Wee Man would know snoring away in the back seat. Good to have him back at the games after a storm induced hiatus last weekend. Friday night fitba with my best mate. It doesn’t get better.
Me 216, Wee Man 85