The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Cumbernauld News on 29 March 2016.
Clyde missed out on the chance to go top of League Two after defeat at home to Arbroath on Saturday.
Jordan Kirkpatrick gave the home side the lead after eight minutes but two second half goals sealed victory for Dick Campbell’s men.
A win would have seen Clyde leapfrog leaders East Fife, who dropped points at home to Queen’s Park.
Barry Ferguson made two changes after injuries to Sean Higgins and Michael Bolochoweckyj in last Tuesday’s victory over Annan. Marvin Andrews was brought into the defence while Kirkpatrick partnered David Gormley in attack.
It was Clyde who started the brighter with Gormley and Mark McLaughlin coming close early on.
They took the lead after eight minutes when Scott McLaughlin burst from midfield to collect a Scott Linton through ball and round goalkeeper Allan Fleming.
His cutback was met by Kirkpatrick – making his debut after a loan move from Dumbarton – who volleyed into an open goal.
The Bully Wee continued to dominate though were given a scare midway through the half.
Josh Skelly got behind Mark McLaughlin and squared for Greg Rutherford but the big striker botched his attempt.
The home side then wasted a chance to take the lead shortly before half-time when Scott McLaughlin volleyed Kirkpatrick’s flick-on straight at the goalkeeper.
Dick Campbell’s side enjoyed a spell of first half possession but failed to breach the towering Clyde defence.
Both sides made first half changes due to injury. John Gemmell took to the field to replace Gormley before Arbroath brought on David Gold in place of Mark Williams.
In the second half a tiring Clyde struggled to maintain their grasp as 10 matches in 35 days clearly began to take its toll.
Much of Arbroath’s good play came down the left-hand side, with Bobby Linn and the supporting Jordan Lowdon doubling up on Clyde’s Scott Durie.
Durie was also having to contend with Skelly’s tendency to drift out to the left and brought down the Arbroath striker for a penalty in the 54th minute. Linn stepped up and fired the ball straight down the middle for the equaliser.
Minutes later the game was turned on its head.
A free-kick from Linn was fumbled by Clyde ‘keeper Marc Waters and the ball broke in the direction of Ricky Little.
His attempt to block Mark McLaughlin’s clearance hit the back of the net and gave Arbroath the lead.
Durie was then replaced by Scott McMann but the damage had already been done.
Arbroath had to withstand some pressure to preserve their lead with Kirkpatrick passing up two late chances.
Unfortunately for the home side, one drifted wide, the other hit the side netting and Arbroath left with the points.
Clyde boss Ferguson upbeat despite Arbroath defeat
Clyde boss Barry Ferguson said he couldn’t be too critical of his side despite seeing their winning run come to an end at the hands of Arbroath on Saturday.
Their 2-1 defeat means they have now lost both home matches against Arbroath this campaign.
In fact, in all four meetings between the sides this season the away side has left with the points.
The result brought a run of four consecutive wins to an end and marks the finish of a heavy fixture schedule.
But Clyde remain in second place, just two points behind leaders East Fife and Ferguson refused to be too downbeat.
He said: “I can’t really criticise because they’ve been excellent over the last six or seven weeks.
“First half we were the better team, but second half we looked leggy. So I’ll need to think of what I’m going to do this week with them.”
Ferguson continued: “A lot of them have played a lot of minutes. I think it’s something crazy, 11 games in 30-odd days. So it’s a lot of football.
“We had chances [at the end] but we were dead on our feet.”
Looking ahead to the remaining five fixtures, Ferguson is confident his side can still achieve automatic promotion.
He said: “It’s still in our hands. I told them, you win the five games, you win the league.
“That’s the way I’ve got to look at it. I can’t have a go at them, tiredness kicks in. I’ve been through that myself.”
The Clyde boss was also pleased with the debut from Jordan Kirkpatrick, admitting he is a player he has been tracking for some time.
He said: “He did well. Jordan’s a good player and one that I tried to get in January and he’s somebody that I’m trying to do a deal for in the summer.
“He can do better, but he’s not played [much]. He’s been in and out of Dumbarton’s team.”