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Clyde V Gretna

By Grant McRae
Fri, 11th Aug 2006 12:00am

The Bully Wee will take to the field on Sunday for their first home game of the season. This match will be the first time that these two sides have played each other in the league match but of course the clubs have met several times in the Tennent's Scottish Cup.

Out of the four ties played Clyde hold the advantage with two wins, one draw and one. Gretna have of course caught the great Scottish public's imagination having been promoted in the last two consecutive seasons as well as being Scottish Cup finalists and representing Scotland in the Europe in this season's UEFA Cup.

Game To Remember - Clyde 3 v 0 Gretna - Tennent's Scottish Cup Round 3 - 10/01/2004

Clyde fielded a strong side but struggled against their lower league opponents for long periods. It took until just under the hour mark to break the deadlock against the then Division Three side. Andy Smith opened the scoring by heading the ball in from a Marshall cross in a flowing move that was actually started by the popular front man.This certainly calmed nerves.

It was 2-0 within ten minutes thanks again to Andy Smith. A great inswinging free-kick was headed goalward by Mark McLaughlin but he was denied by a great reflex save but Andy Smith was at the right place and was left with a simple tap-in to put the game beyond Gretna. With two minutes of regulation time left, skipper Jack Ross showed the way into the fourth round with a stunning strike. To give Clyde a deserved cup victory even if the margin slightly flattered the home side

Previous Results v Gretna

25/01/2003 - Gretna 1v2 Clyde - Tennent's Scottish Cup Round 3 - Raydale Park
10/01/2004 - Clyde 3v0 Gretna - Tennent's Scottish Cup Round 3 - Broadwood Stadium
04/02/2006 - Clyde 0v0 Gretna - Tennent's Scottish Cup Round 4 - Broadwood Stadium
14/02/2006 - Gretna 4v0 Clyde - Tennent's Scottish Cup Round 4 Replay - Raydale Park

Other Division 1 Fixtures

Hamilton v Dundee
Both these sides will be looking to get their season back on the rails after both suffering opening day defeats.

Partick Thistle v Airdrie United

Partick will be on a high after a hard-fought win at Dens Park last week. Airdrie Utd head to Firhill to pick up a vital three points after an opening day home defeat to Ross County.

QoS v St.Johnstone

St.Johnstone are one of the team's expected to be up in the promotion chasing area and will need to be at their best against Ian McCall's rejuvenated side.

Ross County v Livingston

Ross County will hope to pose a serious title assault by getting a second victory from two games but Livingston will be equally keen to keep their good start intact.

So it is promising to be another exciting weekend in the First Division!