Due to a spell of sustained rain and problems with park bookings, this was Clydeside’s first midweek fixture and first game since the disappointing defeat to Bridge of Weir. Their opponents had been in great form and this was going to be a tough test !
However, the travelling band of hardy parents and family supporters were in optimistic mood, and wearing the club colours. It was a decent night in Renton apart from the midges, wasps and flies. 🦗🦟🐜It was fair to say there was a buzz about the place ! Although there was a lot of waving arms to keep the biting insects away, one of the parents had said if you see a wasp, don’t kill it…just let it bee! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
The game started at a fast pace, and it was very clear early on, that the small Renton no 10 was trying to run the show. Strong defending from Kieran, Robbie, Rory & James, and some outstanding goalkeeping by young Robin, was keeping the score level.
However, 4 goals in a 15 minute spell just before half time, meant that the Clydeside boys had a mountain to climb in the second half. Some strong words were delivered in the half time team talk, and it was important that the heads didn’t go down.
A notable absentee from the supporters club was Mick Kerr. Mick had said that he couldn’t travel to Renton as he had no desire to cross the Erskine Bridge. He went on to say that the last time he crossed the bridge had been many years previous, when they still had the manned booths. He added that his last experience had left him feeling extremely tired and drained. I suppose you could say it had taken its toll.😉😀
Back to the football, and the Clydeside boys decided to turn up. They were winning tackles, making passes and showing a hunger that had been missing in the first half. A great pass from young Josh gave Leo a chance. In fairness, he still had a lot to do, but his pace gained him an extra yard on the defender and he rifled an unstoppable left foot drive into the corner of the net! The comeback was on.
Young Lewis thought he had narrowed the lead to 4-2 but was harshly judged to have handled the ball before netting. For the first 25 mins of the second half it was Clydeside who were dominant with Ethan, Luke, Kaiden and Cameron all working hard and showing great skill. However, lapses in play were clinically exploited by Renton and 2 quick goals made it 6-1.
Great skill by young Connor, ended in him unleashing a 25 yard screamer past the Renton keeper. What a goal to make it 6-2. However the joy was short lived when the powerful home striker outpaced the visitors defence to finish the scoring and make it 7-2.
It looked like a drubbing but the young Clydeside lads deserve great praise for their second half showing. If only they’d played like that for the full game, who knows how close it would have been. Valuable lessons learnt and will be taken into the next game.
Special mention has to be given to young Robin McGeachie. His display was top drawer and he showed tremendous bravery and goalkeeping skills throughout the game.
Clydeside AFC thank the following for their brilliant support:-