Scott spot on but Bully Wee lose ground on leaders again

The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Cumbernauld News on 5 April 2016.

Clyde lost more ground on League Two leaders East Fife after dropping points at home for second week in-a-row.

Barry Ferguson’s side fought back from 1-0 down to lead through goals from Jordan Kirkpatrick and Scott Durie.

However, they conceded twice before Scott Linton converted an injury-time penalty.

With East Fife winning away at Arbroath, it means that Clyde now sit four points off the top with four matches remaining and makes the match between the top two in less than two weeks all the more important.

A somewhat even start to proceedings was followed by a couple of chances for the home side.

They were then hit by a sucker punch when Aidan Mallagaray fired low into the Clyde net after some neat link-up play from Gary Fraser and Graham Webster on the right.

Clyde responded by creating a number of chances while Montrose sat in to protect their lead.

David Gormley and Jon Paul McGovern both fired over from distance before Kirkpatrick stung the palms of goalkeeper Jordan Millar.

Kirkpatrick then equalised from a similar position, expertly finishing into the bottom corner.

It was the forward’s second goal in as many games since joining on loan from Dumbarton.

The Bully Wee continued their domination into the second half with Kirkpatrick at the heart of most of their attacks.

He clipped the bar from a curled free-kick before Barry Ferguson made a double substitution on the hour – bringing Sean Higgins and Scott McMann on for McGovern and Scott McLaughlin.

The changes paid off when Clyde took the lead five minutes later.

A dummy by Gormley was laid-off by substitute Higgins and, even though the return ball was wayward, it somehow found its way to Scott Durie at the back post who rifled home.

The lead lasted less than ten minutes as Montrose forced the ball over the line under controversial circumstances.

John Gibson, starting in place of Marc Waters, allowed an Andrew Steeves strike to slip through his hands.

As the ball looped towards the goal, he appeared to collect it and cross the line before throwing it back out.

Referee Steven Kirkland allowed the play to continue and a scramble ensued before Masson poked the ball into the net.

Then a superb counter-attack led to a three v one situation in which Mallagaray squared for Fraser, who composed himself before giving Montrose an injury-time lead.

That seemed as if it would be the decider but John Gemmell, on as a second half substitute, was felled in the box by Montrose defender Jamie Clarke.

Kirkland pointed to the spot and Scott Linton stepped up to level the scores.

 

FERGIE: “I DON’T DO GIVING UP”

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson was an unhappy man after seeing his side drop points at home for the second week in a row.

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Montrose, which followed defeat by Arbroath the previous week, means the Bully Wee are now four points behind East Fife with four games to play.

And while Ferguson refused to publicly criticise his players, he could not hide his dissatisfaction with the result.

He said: “That’s the only thing I can say, disappointed. What I’ve said in the dressing room will stay in the dressing room, I won’t criticise anybody, it’s not in my make-up, but it’s disappointing.”

Recent results mean winning the league is no longer in Clyde’s hands. They will travel to Berwick on Saturday before a crunch tie at home to the league leaders.

Even if they were to win that match they require East Fife to drop points elsewhere. Despite this, Ferguson refused to concede the title.

He said: “I don’t give up, it’s not in my mentality.”

Clyde have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches – conceding eight in total – and it is the manner in which they have conceded that worries Ferguson.

He said: “Of course I’m concerned, they’re simple goals, it’s easy for the teams.

“The first goal, a couple of players don’t shut down the boy who crosses it, then in the second phase we don’t close down and the guy gets a free shot.

“Second goal, we don’t get close enough, but we’re 2-1 up at that time and I’ve got enough experience to see it out, that’s the disappointing thing. But listen, Montrose deserved their point.”

 

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