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Clyde 2 v 1 Partick Thistle

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 27th March 2002
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Clyde
v
Partick Thistle

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by Alan Henderson

Line up: Halliwell, Mensing, Potter, Smith, Fraser, Ross, Mitchell, Millen, Keogh, Hinds, Dunn (Subs: Crawford, Convery, Graham, Hagen, McLaughlin)

Good to be back and a win to take another step towards safety was most welcome. This was my first look at a Kernaghan team and it really shows little difference from a Maitland managed one. This was never going to be a treat of flowing football and Clyde grabbed the goals when they could and hung on for the win towards the end.
The game took a while to get going and the first real chance came to Dunn after Mitchell had been felled on one of his surges. Dunn got the ball around the wall but Arthur saved with ease. It was Arthur to the rescue again as Keogh met a cross at close range only for the keeper to beat the ball away. Clyde were seeing plenty of the ball but the cutting edge in front of goal was missing. Both teams were guilty of some very slack play which probably revealed how nervous they were. Towards the end of the half Thistle saw a lot more of the ball but very little in the way action was directed at Halliwell.

Thistle started the better after the break but again little was getting through to Halliwell. Then Clyde opened the scoring from a corner. An inswinger wasn't cleared and Hinds swung his boot and volleyed home from about 5 yards out. This spurred the Jags into life but only had Britton's shot straight at Halliwell to show for the efforts. Clyde were hitting on the break and twice Fraser found himself charging towards goal but unable to supply a finish. Then from another corner Clyde scored again. This time an outswinger was met and headed towards goal. Everybody seemed to assume it was going over but it came off the junction of bar and post and spun straight up into the air. Arthur and the Thistle defence had lost all interest by this point and when the ball came back down Jack Ross gleefully headed the ball in from about 6 inches. Thistle brought on Cameron to give more bite in attack and Clyde brought on Hagen to play on the break. With 13 minutes to go Thistle pulled one back via the experience of Burns and the finishing of Cameron. Clyde tried to play offside at the halfway line but Cameron and Burns exchanged passes and the break saw Cameron finish strongly from about 15 yards out. Suddenly Clyde were clinging on for the win. Halliwell came under severe pressure at crosses from Cameron, Britton and Hardie but by luck or judgement he managed to hang onto the ball. Ross nearly grabbed Clyde's third goal as sub Convery headed across goal and Ross could only see his lunge go by the post. Thistle kept up the pressure but Clyde held firm for a most welcome victory.

So, that's a big step towards safety but the job isn't anywhere near finished yet. There is no point in beating the champions-elect if we stumble against other teams in the next month. Everybody dug in tonight and worked their socks off. Potter looks a good prospect at the back too. Can't wait for Saturday and Ayr United.