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Clyde v The Spartans

Recap

Scottish League Two 2023-24

New Douglas ParkCadzow Avenue, Hamilton, ML3 0FT

Clyde
The Spartans
1 - 2
Final Score

Recap

Clyde current woes continued as they remained tied at the bottom end of the table, after a damaging first half against The Spartans at New Douglas Park.

Stuart Carswell and Alex King both returned to the starting lineup with Ross Forbes and Erik Sula dropping to the bench as Chris Millar made two changes from the cup tie against Musselburgh Athletic.

It was an uneventful start to the match with neither team causing alarm to either ‘keeper in the opening forty. The match suddenly sparked to life with five minutes until the interval as the visitors took advantage of slack defending to open the deadlock. Blair Henderson’s initial strike rattled the woodwork and the ball pinged back into play, where Cammy Russell blasted the rebound beyond Leighfield and in via the crossbar.

The Bully Wee almost responded immediately as King strutted his way past defenders and into the box, but Kian Leslie’s resultant effort sailed over the target. However, buoyed by their opening goal, Spartans quickly doubled their lead in the 43rd minute. A corner kick sent into the front post area met the head of Carswell, who inadvertently flicked the ball into the right-hand corner.

Clyde spurned two opportunities as they attempted to cut the deficit in the first minutes after the interval. Stevenson combined with Malcolm and drilled an effort on goal but Heraghty crouched low to deny him. Young connected onto a cross in the 50th minute, but couldn’t guide his header on target.

With 15 minutes remaining, The Bully Wee ramped up the pressure with Logan Dunachie next to try his luck after catching onto Forbes’ corner, but his header was straight at Heraghty. Darren Hynes then darted into the box in the 77th minute only to fire an effort over the bar.

Clyde pulled a goal back in the 80th minute. Ross Forbes sent a dangerous free-kick into the box and Peter Grant timed his run well to meet the ball and powered a header into the bottom left corner of the net.

Despite that, the visitors were unfazed by their lead being halved and Leighfield was alert to prevent Craigen restoring a two-goal advantage with a strong save in the 85th minute.

The Bully Wee were strived for an equaliser in the final minutes as King saw his effort blocked by an opponent’s body, whilst Malcolm nodded a header over the bar as The Spartans held on to secure victory.

Goals

Clyde   The Spartans
39' Russell
43' Carswell (O.G.)
P Grant 81'

Line-Ups

Clyde   The Spartans
Leighfield
  Heraghty
Carswell
  Tapping
P Grant
  Sonkur
Dunachie
  Waugh
46
Lyon
  Allan
79
24
Whyte
  Dishington
 
 
King
  Armstrong
90
Stevenson
  Craigen
58
Leslie
  Russell
71
74
Young
  Whyte
46
Rennie
  Henderson
90
Substitutes
Parry
  Carswell
Craig
  Watson
 24
L Scullion
  Morrison
71
74
Cameron
  Jones
90
58
Forbes
  S Brown
90
46
Hynes
  A Brown
 46
Malcolm
  Mwangi
Gunn
  Newman
79
Sula
  Watson

Highlights

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
November 4, 2023 3:00 pm Scottish League Two 2023-24 90' 556

Officials

  • Referee
    Steven Kirkland

Past Meetings

DateHomeResultsAwayTimeLeague
The SpartansClydeScottish League Two
N/A
The SpartansClydeScottish Cup
N/A
The SpartansClydeFriendly
N/A
ClydeThe SpartansScottish Cup
N/A
The SpartansClydeScottish Cup
N/A