CLYDEBANK fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 2-0 away to Largs Thistle, a result that sees them knocked off top spot.
Bankies boss Budgie McGhie made three changes to the side the beat Rutherglen Glencairn, with Danny MacKinnon, Andy Paterson and Ryan Holms being replaced by Robbie Halliday, Hashim Cole and Joel Kasubandi respectively.
Despite Clydebank opening the scoring in each of their first give league games, it was the home side who broke the deadlock. From a Bankies corner, the ball was cleared into the path of Alan Frizzell, who burst away from Clydebank captain Phil Barclay. Frizzell’s delivery from the right was inch perfect for James Marks, whose bullet header gave Theesel a one goal lead.
Straight from the kick off, Alan Vezza had the chance to eqaulise for the visitors, but his header was straight at Largs goalkeeper Ross Lundy. Largs winger Gary Phillips’ free kick then evaded everyone, with Bankies goalkeeper Josh Lumsden reacting well to tip the ball round the post.
Despite the poor start, Clydebank could’ve been level after a swift counter attack. Mark Burbidge’s blistering pace saw him burst away from three defenders, before crossing for Nicky Little, with the former Largs forward forcing a good save from Lundy.
However, midway through the first half Largs doubled their lead. Robert O’Neill’s headed back pass put Lumsden under pressure, with Alan Vezza recovering well to block Marks’ shot. However, Bankies failed to clear and Frizzell rolled the ball across the six yard line for Marks to slot home his and Largs second of the afternoon.
Clydebank then squandered a series of gilt edged chances as they looked to find a way back into the match. First, good wing play from Little saw him cross for Jordan Shelvey at the back post, with the latter stabbing his shot into the side netting. Shelvey was involved again moments later when, after another surging run from Burbidge, the ball was slipped to Shelvey but his shot was held comfortable by Lundy.
Joel Kasubandi, who has notched five goals this season, could and should’ve added a six as the clock ticked down. Nicky Little’s lofted through pass saw Kasubandi get in behind the Largs defence, but the striker skewed his shot wide of the target as Bankies failed to score for just the second time this season.
Clydebank: Lumsden, Halliday, Cole, Allan, O’Neill, Vezza, Burbidge, Barclay, Kasubandi, Little, Shelvey.