Clyde 1 Stirling Albion 1: Bully Wee miss chance to close gap on leaders

Clyde were held to a draw by Stirling Albion
Clyde were held to a draw by Stirling Albion

Clyde battled to a point at Broadwood on Saturday against a Stirling Albion side amidst something of a resurgence under caretaker manager Martyn Corrigan.

Having started the season impressively, Clyde went into game number 10 looking to close the gap on early leaders Forfar, and this desire was reflected in the opening stages.

Sean Higgins had the first real chance of the game on three minutes, controlling a Euan McNeil ball in from the right around ten yards from goal, but his attempt was blocked.

Stirling adapted quickly, though, and soon began to ease themselves into the match, and dangerous looking ball from Marc McKenzie on the Stirling right was well held by John Gibson in the Clyde goal.

Shortly after, the visitors took the lead. On nine minutes, Eddie Ferns did well down the Stirling left, and his cross eventually fell to McKenzie, who’s half volley was too powerful for the right hand of Gibson to keep out.

Clyde were stung into action, and again began to dominate. An inswinging ball from Linton on the left found Peter MacDonald, who, looking certain to score, headed just over from six yards.

It was MacDonald, though, who would fire Clyde level. A tantalising ball from right back Phil Johnston landed right on the head of MacDonald, who, with a lot still to do bulleted his effort across the keeper into the corner. It was a fine finish, and welcome one for Clyde.

The second half started in slow fashion. Albion captain Ross McMillan had the first real chance on 50 minutes, but could only head a Ferns free kick over Gibson’s bar.

It was Clyde who would come closest to taking the lead. After some impressive build up play, Euan McNeil teed up Sean Higgins 12 yards from goal, who forced Chris Smith in the Stirling goal into an outstanding save, diving to his right to claw away after a deflection.

Stirling, themselves, could have found a winner, after Isaac Hayne did well to turn Ross Perry in the box, but his effort flew just over the bar.

Clyde did have the ball in the net late on via substitute David Gormley, however it was rightly ruled out for offside.