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Clyde V St Mirren

By Gordon Thomson
Fri, 11th Nov 2005 12:00am

After the TV cameras visit to Broadwood to film this year's "Only an Excuse", attention now turns to the eagerly anticipated visit of league leaders St Mirren. The Buddies fresh from their Challenge Cup victory are keen to keep the momentum going for this lunchtime clash.

Clyde too are on a good run and Graham Roberts is conscious that the players should not be fearful of any side. The Bully Wee gaffer has a full strength squad with only the sad omission of long term injury victim Paul McHale. The team are keen to play to the top of their form.

Saturday will be an opportunity to cast aside memories of the first meeting of the clubs this season. The game ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Bully Wee. Undoubtedly it was a match that in the early stages promised much for Clyde, only for them to concede a soft penalty and lose their way in what was arguably the poorest Bully Wee away performance to date. Tomorrow represents a chance to show the improvement made by this young group of players under the coaching of Roberts and Miller.

Meanwhile Gus MacPherson has a full squad to choose from and his only decision will possibly be whether to field ex Clyde stalwart and Saint's assistant boss Andy Millen from the start. The Love Street side have developed steadily under Gus and Andy's stewardship. This season the Paisley side have found a cutting edge to their play, John Sutton and Stewart Kean have expertly led the line complimenting the organisational and defensive qualities that the Buddies have espoused for several seasons.

It stands to be a cracking game and one that will be keenly contested. So an experienced ref will be the man in the middle tomorrow: Michael McCurry who last officiated a Clyde game during that memorable cup-tie with Rangers at Ibrox that (for the record) finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.