CLYDEBANK fell to their fifth defeat in seven matches with a 3-0 defeat to 10-man Maryhill on Saturday.
Bankies boss Kieran McAnespie made one change from the side that lost to Petershill, with Joel Kasubandi replacing Alan Frizzell upfront as Clydebank persevered with a 3-5-2 formation.
Unbelievably, Maryhill took the lead straight from kick-off. Striker Gavin Stokes’ audacious, driven effort from the centre circle flew beyond the reach of Bankies stopper Josh Lumsden – who could only watch as Maryhill took the lead within three seconds.
Bankies failed to create any real chances of note during a laboured opening 45 minutes, with Maryhill midfielder David Matthews shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away – before receiving a straight red card for foul and abusive language.
Jamie Darroch was withdrawn at the break and replaced by striker Ross Cameron as Bankies swapped to a 4-4-2 formation, with Maryhill almost doubling their lead within minutes of the restart.
Alex Docherty spun Robbie Halliday inside the area, but his near post effort was blocked by Lumsden.
Clydebank tried to force their way back into proceedings at a sun-kissed Lochburn Park, and almost levelled when Hashim Cole’s diagonal pass found Andy Paterson – who crossed for Joel Kasubandi but the striker’s header was well wide of the target.
In Bankies’ best period of the game, Jordan Shelvey also dragged a shot wide of Maryhill goalkeeper Jack Baker’s left hand post, but it was soon to be two for the home side as the unmarked Colin Preston rose highest to nod home from a simple corner.
On the 70-minute mark, the 10 men compounded McAnespie’s men’s misery with a third. Justin Begg latched on to Robbie Halliday’s heavy touch, before coolly slotting the ball beyond Lumsden.
Once again Bankies lacked any cutting edge in front of goal and slip to seventh in the table ahead of Saturday’s game against Cumbernauld United, a 2pm kick off at Holm Park.