New signing Ryan Holms came off the bench to score a double as Clydebank got their competitive season underway with a 3-0 win over Ashfield on Saturday.
Johnny Allan’s first half header opened the scoring, before Holms’ first touch saw him head Bankies into a two goal lead. Holms got his second five minutes later, tapping in from close range.
Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Alan Vezza occupied one of the holding midfield roles alongside Johnny Allan, while trialist Greg Cree played in behind lone striker Joel Kasubandi.
Despite a strong opening period for the new look Bankies side, it was the visitors who created the first chance of the match. Ashfield winger Jameson turned Bankies full back Danny MacKinnon before driving into the box, but his shot was well held by Josh Lumsden.
Bankies retained possession with patient build up play, while centre back Robert O’Neill sent a free kick just over the bar.
Midway through the first half, Bankies deservedly took the lead. Jordan Shelvey’s cross from the left allowed Allan to power home a well directed header and put the home side in full control.
Just three minutes into the second half, Bankies should’ve added a second. A fine interchange of passes saw Greg Cree and Mark Burbidge combine, with Kasubandi blasting the resulting cross wide of the post.
Paterson had the chance to open his account for the new season after great hold up play and lay off from Kasubandi, but he curled his shot a whisker wide of the post.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Kasubandi made way for Holms, with the substitute having an immediate impact. Andy Paterson’s whipped cross found Holms at the back post, rising highest to nod home.
Just five minutes later, Holms added his second and Clydebank’s third of the game. Once again a cross from Paterson on the left found Cree, who’s downward header bounced off the inside of the post, but Holms was on hand to poke the ball in.
Next up is the hotly anticipated local derby as Clydebank play away to Yoker Athletic, kick of tonight (Wednesday) at Holm Park is 6:45pm.
Clydebank: Lumsden, MacKinnon, Paterson, Vezza, Cole, O’Neill, Burbidge, Allan, Kasubandi (Holms 74), Cree (Barclay, 81), Shelvey (Jackson, 75).