By David Brockett

CLYDEBANK picked up their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Cumnock on Saturday.

Jordan Shelvey’s second-half double was the difference as Bankies climbed off the bottom of the Super Premier division table.

Bankies boss Kieran McAnespie made just one change to the side that lost to Kilbirnie Ladeside with Jordan Shelvey returning to the starting eleven to partner Ciaran Lafferty up front as Bankies opted for a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Just before the half hour mark Bankies spurned their first real chance of the first half. A surging run from Chris Black saw him lay the ball off to Phil Johnston on the overlap. Johnston took a touch before shooting across goal, with the ball deflecting off Black and trickling narrowly wide.

The visitors had a chance of their own in a fairly quiet first period, with Josh Lumsden and Jamie Darroch combining to clear Keir Samson’s header off the line.

Four minutes after the restart, Bankies were awarded a penalty after Jordan Shelvey was brought down inside the area by Paul Burns. Shelvey dusted himself down and coolly dispatched the spot kick, sending Nock stopper Ally Semple the wrong way.

Just after the hour mark, Bankies doubled their lead. Josh Watt knocked on Ross Forsyth’s long ball forward directly into the path of Johnston, who burst away from the Cumnock defence and fired a shot at Semple. Johnston got the break of the ball and fired the rebound across goal for Shelvey, who stabbed home on the line.

Cumnock’s attempts to force a way back into proceedings at Holm Park were largely unsuccessful, with only Keiren Wood​’s header – stopped on line by Reece Pearson – troubling the Bankies back line.

Shelvey should have then sealed his and Clydebank’s third when he was slipped through on goal by Black, but Semple reacted quickly to deny the forward his eighth goal of the season.

Five minutes after the goal, Cumnock were reduced to ten men after Keir Samson’s two footed lunge sent Bankies winger Josh Watt flying, with referee Graham Grainger producing a straight red card.

And with a minute of normal time remaining, the Nock were reduced to nine after experienced forward Scott Anson was shown a second yellow card for leading with his elbow on Jamie Darroch as Bankies held on for a vital three points.

Up next is a trip to face Pollok – kick off at Newlandsfield next Saturday is 2pm.