Bankies secure top flight safety with Hurlford win

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Clydebank secured top flight safety with a 2-0 win over Hurlford United on Wednesday.

John Cunningham was the two goal hero as he registered his 10th and 11th goals of the season to secure Bankies spot in next year’s Super Premier Division. 

Bankies boss Kieran McAnespie made one just one change to the side that lost to Cumnock as Ross Forsyth replaced Ross Alexander in midfield – with U17s Dylan Coll, James Holt and Ben McLean making the bench for the first time. 

It was the perfect start for the home side, who took the lead inside seven minutes. Cunningham turned Mitchell and coolly slotted the ball past Murchie into the bottom left corner.

And it was to get even better when Watt flicked the ball on to Cunningham, whose first time effort found the same corner as the 20-year-old completed a quick fire brace.

Clydebank’s most resolute defensive performance of the season meant the Scottish Cup Finalists resorted to a more direct approach, with Dooley and Darroch standing firm.

And Bankies thought they had all but put the game to bed when Alan Vezza netted from Watt’s knock on, but the flag was raised for offside.

Just before the break the hosts were dealt a blow when Jordan Shelvey was forced off with a cut eye, with Ross Alexander replacing him. 

Ten minutes after the restart, Bankies had claims for a penalty waved away when Cunningham was bundled over inside the area – but referee Ross Anderson wasn’t interested in the protests.

And with Bankies in full flow, Matt McLean became the first academy graduate to score for the club when he powered home a header from another good set piece delivery from Watt.

At the other end, stopper Waters made a strong save from a header – with Bankies once again looking dangerous on the counter attack, with Alexander forcing a strong save out of Murchie.

The victory lifts McAnespie’s men above Hurlford in the table and clear of the two play off spots as Bankies consolidate their place in next season’s newly formed West Region Premiership.

Next up for Bankies is the visit of Glenafton Athletic to Holm Park, kick off on Saturday is 2pm.