SPFL 2: Share of the spoils in stalemate at Clyde

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2024

Spartans and Clyde shared the spoils for the third time this season with the final meeting between the sides ending in a 0-0 stalemate at a blustery New Douglas Park.

The theme from Rocky bellowed out the PA as the SPFL 2’s in-form side looked to deliver a knock-out blow in their bid to move off the basement against Douglas Samuel’s play-off hopefuls.

Opening exchanges saw the ball move around like the shan £1.99 fly-away fitba you got as a kid back in the 80s with both sides struggling to get it under control in the hoolie.

Indeed, the first match ball had enough early on in the game as it made its way up the tunnel after a 50-50 involving Blair Carswell left it devoid of its full compliment of air.

A half chance for Spartans after a quarter of an hour played saw Bradley Whyte played in however his inviting cross whizzed along the face of the goal with no takers.

Mark McNulty was then played in but as he looked to set up a shot, the stand-side assistant raised his flag to deny the Spartans striker from opening the scoring.

Jamie Dishington was up next as the visitors looked to forge an opening however his header from a Cammy Russell corner was collected under the crossbar by Brian Kinnear.

With half time on the horizon, Spartans had one final opportunity to break the deadlock with a fine one-touch move up the park and Mark McNulty forced Kinnear into a fine save.

HT: Clyde 0-0 The Spartans

Ian McCall’s side came out of the traps and it took a lively Callum Booth to take the sting out of a cross swung into the box and prod it back legally into the grateful arms of Blair Carswell.

It was Booth once again, along with Carswell who were to perform heroics to somehow combine to prevent the ball from getting over the line as Clyde pressed hard, working the wind that seemed to be swirling in their favour after the interval.

Spartans made a double swap with a quarter of an hour left on the clock with Sam Jones and Danny Denholm swapping for McNulty and Armstrong.

Both sides huff and puffed in the hoolie looking for what proved to be an elusive winner and a point each was deemed sufficient for the respective troubles.

FT: Clyde 0-0 The Spartans

Malt & Hops Man of the Match: Kieran Watson

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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