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Clyde 1 v 0 Arbroath

Match Type: Scottish League One
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Saturday, 5th December 2009
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 552
Referee: J McKendrick


Clyde   Arbroath
(44) McLachlan  

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Clyde   Arbroath
Reidford Hill
Park Redman
Cassidy McMullan
(79) Casey Rattray
Lithgow Rennie
Graham Gibson
McLachlan Doris
(59) McFadden Lunan
Sawyers Sellars
(59) White Scott (46)
Halliday Ross (64)
(59) McLeod Gates (46)
Allan Morrison
Howarth Milne (64)
(79) P Stewart Suttie
(59) Muir Weir

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by David Worton

Clyde kept themselves in touch with the rest of the division after a tense 90 minutes saw them defeat second bottom Arbroath.

The away side were forced to shuffle their pack after the draw with Alloa as McCulloch, Bishop and two-goal hero Steve Hislop missed out. This stretched Arbroath’s squad to breaking point; so much so that manager Jim Weir named himself as a substitute. Clyde included Alan McFadden in place of the injured Marvyn Wilson, whilst Gary Muir came onto the bench.

Clyde were expecting a boost after appointing John McCormack as manager last week and the first opportunity fell to the home side as Willie McLachlan’s corner kick was headed over the crossbar by Lee Graham. The Bully Wee had the better of the first period but soon after Graham’s miss they were indebted to goalkeeper Calum Reidford, who did well to keep out an acrobatic volley from Barry Sellars.

The home team looked fired up for the match and on-loan Dunfermline striker Jordan White was next to set his sights on goal with a weak effort that Darren Hill held comfortably. This was followed up by the best opportunity of the opening part of the game and it was created by Willie Sawyers, the striker that scored twice at Gayfield earlier this season. A cross from Robert Halliday was intelligently flicked on by Sawyers to find Alan McFadden but his quick turn and shot was well kept out by Hill, albeit referee John McKendrick chose to award a goal kick.

Reidford then comfortably blocked a strike by Brian Scott but as play looked like petering out towards half-time, the home side took a lead that they perhaps deserved for effort alone. A silly foul on Sawyers gave McLachlan the chance to swing in a free-kick from wide on the left-wing and the midfielder’s excellent delivery, undoubtedly a cross, eluded everybody and nestled in the net.

Arbroath had generally carried little attacking threat and manager Weir chose to ring the changes with Scott Gates replacing Scott in a move that saw Robbie Ross move up front. Soon after the restart the Bully Wee also made a double change, with Paul McLeod and Muir replacing McFadden and White. Clyde continued to create the better chances, mainly from some excellent set-pieces. Graham should have scored the second with a free header from McLachlan’s free kick, whilst Ally Park headed over a corner from Halliday.

Kevin Milne was then introduced in place of Ross and with the home side tiring Arbroath started to dominate. Steven Doris won a controversial free kick on the edge of the box when he dived over Alan Lithgow’s tackle but justice was perhaps done when Kevin McMullan’s freekick struck the wall. Clyde tried to break forward on several occasions and from the best of those, Muir raced forward and after cutting inside he saw his low shot creep past the goalkeepers post. Despite the pressure from the Red Lichties, there were very few clear chances until stoppage time. A free kick from wide on the left was swung into the box and Alan Rattray’s close range header was somehow kept out by Reidford.

Any neutral watching this game would have realised that the points were more important than a good performance and Clyde just edged things overall. Arbroath struggled to create anything until that last minute chance and face a long, hard winter, whilst Clyde now face a couple of tough away games against Stenhousemuir and Peterhead. Lithgow, Graham and Reidford performed well but man of the match was probably McLachlan, for a determined midfield display. 

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