Clydebank made it three wins from three with a resounding 4-1 victory over Bellshill Athletic on Saturday.
An early first half double from Joel Kasubandi, who also missed a penalty, gave Bankies a two goal lead at the break. Mark Burbidge’s thunderous effort from twenty five yards extended the advantage before Jordan Shelvey’s cool finish put the result beyond doubt, with Bellshill nodding in an injury time consolation.
Bankies boss Budgie McGhie named an unchanged eleven from last week’s win at home to Cumbernauld United, with only Phil Barclay replacing Ryan Holms on the substitutes bench.
Despite a comfortable opening period, it was the visitors who had the first effort of the game. Good link up play from Bellshill’s front two Scott Scally and Gary Millar saw the latter’s half volley pushed to safety by Bankies stopper Josh Lumsden.
However, it was Bankies who struck first. A fantastic delivery from marauding full back Robbie Halliday found Joel Kasubandi, who headed home to score his seventh goal of the campaign.
Kasubandi grabbed his and Clydebank’s second two minutes later in what is becoming a trademark Clydebank counter attack. Pressure from Johnny Allan saw Burbidge dispossess Bellshill full back Mark Daly, driving at the Bellshill defence and slipping the ball to Kasubandi who bundled in from close range.
Midway through the half, Bankies could’ve added a third. Burbidge’s clever set piece routine found Shelvey at the edge of the area, who had a delicate chip tipped over by Bellshill goalkeeper Chris Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was equal to efforts from Alan Vezza and Nicky Little before Clydebank were awarded a penalty kick. Kasubandi turned inside Daly and was cynically chopped down, with referee Matthew MacDermid pointing straight to the spot. However, Kasubandi squandered the chance to make it back to back hat-tricks, dragging his effort wide of target.
On fifty six minutes, Burbidge added a third in sensational style. From Allan’s free kick, Vezza’s header found Burbidge at the edge of the area, with Burbidge unleashing an unstoppable right footed shot into the top left hand corner.
With twenty minutes remaining, Clydebank extended their advantage with a fourth goal. After good pressure, the ball ricocheted off Shelvey, with Kasubandi holding it up before slipping the ball back to Shelvey, who slotted in at the near post.
Clydebank’s clean sheet record was lost with the final action of the match as Darren Ferguson nodded home from a corner, albeit a mere consolation as Clydebank cruised to another win.
The victory sees Clydebank sit joint top of the league as they prepare to travel to Hannah Park to take on Shotts Bon Accord next week. Kick off is 2pm.