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Raith Rovers 2 v 3 Clyde

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Stark's Park
Date: Saturday, 14th August 2004
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 1,784
Referee: B Cassidy
Raith Rovers


Raith Rovers   Clyde
(79) Sacko Bryson (4)
O.G. (85) Potter Harty (42) pen.
  Potter (57)

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Raith Rovers   Clyde
Pounoussamy Halliwell
Hajovsky Mensing Yellow Card
Ouattara Bollan Yellow Card
Paquito Bryson
Yellow Card Brady Potter
McAlpine Sheridan
Young Arbuckle (79)
Sacko Gilhaney
(67) O'Reilly Wilford (55)
Yellow Card Trialist Fotheringham
(81) Trialist Harty
Smart Doyle (55)
Berthelot Morrison
Hagan Greenhill (79)
(81) Boyle Bradley
(67) Malcolm McCracken

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by Alan Henderson
Seeing Clyde in a canary yellow strip may not have been to everyone's taste, but another win and again a bit of panic saw the fans returning home happy.(The new strips were rushed through to accommodate our new sponsor, DM Design.)
Clyde's resources were stretched to the full with Balmer injured and Gibson suspended. This meant Clyde began with a back three, with Bryson and Gilhaney added to Clyde's midfield. That left Clyde with a very young and inexperienced bench.

If confidence wasn't high enough after last week, then Bryson's early goal raised it even more. After only four minutes Clyde were knocking the ball about the edge of the box and when it fell to Bryson he drilled the ball into the corner of the net.

Given Raith's disjointed start to the game Clyde should have taken more advantage but instead Raith gradually began to dominate the midfield. Arbuckle and Mensing were continually being exposed on Clyde's right but thankfully Raith's play always broke down at the edge of the box.

Only one headed attempt reached Halliwell and that was weak. Wilford and Bryson were showing some deft touches but Clyde too lacked penetration as the half was coming to a close. Then just before half time Clyde earned a penalty. Again some neat work at the edge of the box fed Gilhaney in and he was pulled back. Harty made no mistake with the penalty to give Clyde a two goal cushion at the break.
After last week the question was, how would Clyde go about defending a two goal advantage? Raith of course lifted their game and Clyde withdrew the tired Wilford and replaced him with a defender, Doyle. With Clyde going to a back four the signal was clear - we hold what we have.

Despite having no target up front, Clyde stretched their lead again. Potter came up for a corner and was there to stab the ball under the keeper who seemed to dive over the ball. At this stage Clyde switched off and despite Raith pressing the game looked all but won.

With twenty minutes to go that all changed as Raith grabbed a goal back. Doyle was caught out with a ball over the top and Sacko raced into the box to fire the ball into the corner.

Arbuckle was replaced by Greenhill as Clyde tried to stem the flow. Clyde couldn't pick up the pace of the game again as Raith piled on the pressure. A fine reaction save from Halliwell prevented another but Clyde were wilting again. With only five minutes to go Raith set up a very exciting but uneasy finish. Raith again got in behind Clyde's right and Potter could only deflect the cross past Halliwell.

Thankfully Rovers couldn't muster another effort as Clyde were happy to leave the field with a win.

If this season is to be as difficult as many are predicting then this victory can't be overestimated. Clyde now have a six-point advantage over Raith and that will not be easy to claw back. Clyde showed they can score goals but once again also demonstrated they haven't the personnel to see games through at the moment. Hopefully with a couple of new players that will change.
Clyde Star Ratings (*****)
Halliwell **** Safe pair of hands all day.
Mensing *** A bit troubled a times with Arbuckle.
Bollan *** Steady enough but distribution could be better.
Bryson ***** Great touch and energy backing up the attack with a goal too.
Potter **** A tower at the back but unlucky again with the og.
Sheridan **** Hustle and bustle with good passing too.
Arbuckle *** Did a shift but not really a wing-back yet.
Gihaney *** Seems to have lost his direction but kept trying.
Wilford *** Good touch but we want to see some goal action.
Fotheringham *** Put himself about but we need more poise and thought.
Harty *** Hardly a sniff in fornt of goal but that was down to poor service.
Doyle ** Difficult task during the Raith onslaught.
Greenhill ** Much needed experience for the youngster