CLYDEBANK made the trip to Ayrshire for their final match of the season and took on a Cumnock side knowing a win would guarantee third place in BT West Division 2.

However, things didn’t pan out the way they expected and they came up against a dogged and determined home side and both teams snuffed each other out and played out a rare 0-0 draw.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort and Bank dominated the first 20 minutes but they were unable to turn their possession and territory into points.

The home side were frequently fastest to the breakdown to force several turnovers and frustrate the Red and Blacks.

Cumnock right winger had a chance as he intercepted an Ali Smart pass but had the length of the field to go. Despite some impressive pace he was snagged on the halfway line by good cover defence.

The hosts slowly got a grip on the game and had a penalty shot from 40 metres that was narrowly missed and had some impressive power runners, in particular their stout prop who made several charging runs.

Bank were unable to turn their pressure into any meaningful chances and the half ended scoreless.

Bank thought they would kick on in the second half and use their power runners to overpower the hosts but it turned into a dogfight on a very muddy and boggy pitch.

Both teams were frustrated by some baffling refereeing decisions culminating in a yellow card for Cumnock’s second row who was wrongly adjudged to have taken Clydebank’s Jamie Boyd out in a lineout.

Cumnock missed another penalty chance as the kick was pulled left of the posts and on the full-time whistle, Clydebank’s Jack McCombe had a chance to break the deadlock with a 40-metre penalty shot at goal. However in the tricky windy conditions his kick didn’t have the leg and the game ended scoreless.

A draw was a fair result as there wasn’t much between the teams but both sides were very frustrated they weren’t able to turn their pressure into points. Clydebank’s inability to secure the win means they are four points ahead of Paisley, who still have to play Cumnock and have a chance of leapfrogging the Bankies as they have a superior points difference.