GORDON MOFFAT has paid tribute to all those who have contributed – on and off the park – to a memorable season for Clydebank after a marathon campaign drew to a close this week.

The Bankies boss saw his team’s hopes of glory in the West of Scotland Cup snuffed out after Stuart McCann’s 79th-minute header earned Pollok a 1-0 win and a place in the tournament’s last four at Newlandsfield on Monday night.

The Lok loss came just two days after the Holm Park side’s inaugural West of Scotland League campaign ended in defeat against Largs Thistle in the team’s final Premier Division fixture on Saturday.

And while those back-to-back losses mean the Bankies end the season without any silverware to show for their efforts, Moffat still had plenty of praise for for the fans, players and officials who have contributed to what has nonetheless been a memorable campaign.

Posting on his personal Twitter feed after Monday night’s tie, Moffat said: “Game didn’t swing our way tonight so a marathon season comes to an end.

“Fifty games, over 100 goals and some great memories made at this special club.

“Huge thanks to my backroom team for the outstanding job they do.

“The players deserve so much praise for delivering a very positive season, no prize to show for it this time but some excellent progress...our first top four finish for nearly a decade, some great cup ties and of course THAT Scottish Cup run.

“Thank you for the unbelievable support all season, the numbers both home and away have been absolutely tremendous.”

Monday’s cup tie came hard on the heels of a disappointing 3-0 loss at Barrfields on Saturday – a result which secured league safety for the home side and confirmed fourth place in the table for the Bankies – their highest top flight finish since the 2013-14 campaign.

Will Sewell arrowed the home side after 11 minutes and despite Moff’s troops hitting the crossbar twice before the break, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

The second-half was only a couple of minutes old when Sewell reacted quickest to a loose ball to slot home before Clydebank were reduced to ten men when young debutant Calum McEwan was shown a second yellow card.

Moffat, who was forced to heavily rotate his squad after a long season and with half an eye on Monday’s cup tie, admitted the result made for a disappointing end to the campaign – but said he was pleased overall with the progress made during the season.

Speaking to the Post after the Largs loss, but ahead of Monday night’s Pollok clash, the Bankies boss said: “Our away form has been really good so it’s a wee bit frustrating the way we end it. We made a number of changes so we just need to take it on the chin and move on.

“We had four centre-backs unavailable for one reason or another so we end up playing the two guys who have been playing full-back a lot recently in the middle. Straight away that is going to upset the rhythm of the team.

“We made some other changes with guys who have played a lot recently and needed some rest before Monday. I didn’t want to make as many changes as I did, but we were forced into that.

“We’ve put a lot into this season and there’s been a lot of good things about it. It was a disappointing way to end the campaign but it’s the first time we’ve been in the top four for eight or nine years so it’s a positive overall.”

McEwan was making his first appearance for the club, and despite it ending in a disappointing manner with his dismissal, Moff is confident the youngster will bounce back.

He added: “He was really disappointed so we made sure we got around him and the senior players were really good with that.

“He’ll learn from it and it was a good experience for him and at the end of the day that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to give guys a chance and experience of a higher level and he got that so he’ll be fine.”