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Clyde 2 Stirling Albion 1

Clyde 2 Stirling Albion 1

Clyde opened up an eight-point gap as we slipped to defeat at Broadwood and East Stirling’s 4-3 success at Elgin means we are now four points adrift at the foot of the table.

Stefan McCluskey opened the scoring for Jim Duffy’s side midway through the first half but top scorer Jordan White equalised with his eighth goal of the season just after the hour mark.

John Sweeney hit the winner three minutes later to leave Greig McDonald’s men without an away win in Division Three – we have picked up just two points out of 30.

We had our chances, and Jamie Barclay made two terrific saves to keep out efforts in either half from Scott Davidson, but Clyde took advantage of our defensive frailties as they bounced back from last week’s 3-2 home defeat to Annan.

Skipper Brian Allison returned to the side in place of Danny Ashe and Daly McSorley replaced David McClune, who was ruled out through illness as we made our first visit to Cumbernauld since a 2-1 win in April 2010 en route to the Second Division title.

Clyde made no fewer than six changes, which included debuts for on-loan Dumbarton duo Kevin Nicoll and Jamie Lyden while former Binos Paul Hay and John Kane were among those who dropped out.

Chances were few in the opening stages but the hosts went ahead when full-back Gavin Brown did well on the right and delivered a perfect cross for former Shotts hitman McCluskey to net at the far post.

White hauled Albion level when he got just enough on Kieran McAnespie’s corner to beat Barclay but poor defending allowed Kevin Watt to cross for ex-Pollok midfielder Sweeney to hammer home as we lost to Clyde for the second time this term.

Mark Peat pulled off a fine save to prevent a third Clyde goal and we came close to equalising late on when sub Sandy Cunningham diverted a Ross McGeachie shot over the bar but it was a deeply disappointing afternoon overall and we have taken just one point from our last 12 since beating Peterhead before Christmas.

Clyde: Barclay, Brown, Oliver, Gray, Lyden, Nicoll (Marsh 67), MacBeth, Sweeney, Watt (Graham 90), McCluskey, McColm (MacDonald 90).
Subs (not used): Fitzharris, Rajovic (GK).

Scorers: McCluskey 21, Sweeney 64

Stirling Albion: Peat, McGeachie, McAnespie, McSorley (Weir 67), Allison, Clark, Johnston, Ferry, White, Davidson (Cunningham 67), Day (Ashe 84).
Subs (not used): Thom, Filler (GK).

Scorer: White 61

Referee: Barry Cook

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