Clydebank 1-0 Cambuslang Rangers

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 4th November 2006

At Newlandsfield


Cambuslang Rangers slumped to defeat against promotion hopefuls Clydebank at the weekend and although the scoreline suggests a narrow defeat it was far from it. Had Clydebank been able to put away half their chances this could have resulted in a heavy loss for the Somervell Park boys.


This match took place at the home of Pollok F.C. as Clydebank's ground was being used for a cup tie by owners Drumchapel Amateurs.


But having said that Cambuslang rode their luck on quite a few occasions but Fusari in the Lang goal wasn't as busy as you would expect. Some really poor finishing from the "home" side almost cost them dearly, and had to rely on a late winner, with 10 minutes remaining to seal the points.


Cambuslang went with a new back line after Brian Martin was ruled out due to work commitments which meant an unusual role of full back for Andy Bannerman. With Faulds, Noble and Donnelly having all but left the club, Cambuslang squad was looking a bit on the thin side and coupled with the suspension of Doyle left them down to the bare minimum. The defeat also sees Cambuslang hovering over the relegation spots, and if/when they lose the 3 points for fielding an ineligible player v Vale of Leven could even see Cambuslang drop to as low as 2nd from bottom. Lang also gave new boy Leon Kondol his legal Debut.


O’Neil Makes A Start

McCracken Returned To The Side


The writing was on the wall pretty early for Cambuslang as Clydebank to hold of the game. Their first chance was presented after a rare mistake from keeper Fusari, his poor kick out fell to Kenna but he was unable to take full advantage and his poor effort went wide.


Clydebank then had a great chance to open the scoring when Forbes sprung the offside trap but his effort came back of the post, justice seemed to be served as at least 3 Bankies players were in an offside position when the ball was played.


Cambuslang were restricted to shots from distance, Patrick pulled his just wide of the target but never really troubled Chalmers in Bankies goal. On 20 minutes Graham McCracken had a free kick fly just wide of target. Cambuslang yet again failing to work the keeper. Forbes for the home side should have scored on 22 minutes but he somehow shot wide from 10 yards out. On 30 minutes Clydebank had another chance to open the scoring but once again they failed to trouble the Lang keeper as another effort went wide of goal. Fusari's first real save of the game came a minute later, Maxwell found himself 1 on 1 but the Lang goalie stood up well and saved the effort. Lang new boy Kondol picked up a silly booking for throwing the ball away. To end the half Bankies missed yet another chance to open the scoring, this time Fisher the sinner firing wide from 10 yards.

H-T 0-0


Unfamiliar Full Back Slot For Bannerman

Another Sold Display From McGowan


The first notable action of the second half came when Ex-Lang player Stewart Taylor was yellow carded for a crude challenge on McCracken. He was quickly followed in the ref's book by Forbes and the Bankies man day just got worse as he was substituted a minute later to be replaced with Kelly.


Clydebank continued in the second half where they left off in the first and that was creating many good chances but failing to trouble Fusari in the Lang goal. Cambuslang seemed quite happy to sit in and try and hit Bankies on the break.  The sub, Kelly, was next up to waste a great chance to score right after coming on but his effort was poor and the Lang defence cleared. Clydebank then picked up another booking this time Kenna was very late on Reid. Cambuslang then got a rare sniff at goal and Patrick seen his shot easily saved by Chalmers. Fusari kept Cambuslang level with a stunning double save. Firstly a blistering drive from Fisher was superbly parried but if fell to the feet of Kenna but Fusari was quick to his feet and threw himself in front of the Bankies mans shot to turn the ball round the post.


Cambuslang then made a double change, introducing Nolan and Keane into the action with McCracken and Bannerman making way. The change did little to stem the flow towards the Lang goal but the defence kept the Bankies men at bay for another little while. Cambuslang then introduced Wyatt at the expense of Patrick. Wyatt impact was immediate but for the wrong reasons as he was cautioned for a poor challenge on Taylor. Cambuslang were still hanging in there and had Keane to thank as he headed a Bankies effort of the line.


Reid Goes Close With A Late Header

Reid Has A Shot


The goal eventually arrived for the home side with 9 minutes remaining. Substitute trialist collected the ball out wide right and he made his way to the bye line before delivering the perfect cross for Maxwell who was totally unmarked at the back post and his downward header beat Fusari. It was no more than the home side deserved.


Cambuslang had a great chance to snatch a point at the end when Reid got on the end of a cross but his effort went agonisingly wide. Lang's day got worse when new boy Kondol went down injured and had to be helped from the field. Bankies moved to the top of the table with these 3 points.




Lang Line Up

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Bannerman (McCracken 70)






McCracken (Reid 70)

Patrick (Wyatt 78)



Unused Subs





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