Clydebank Rugby Club started their new campaign in the West Division 2 with a hard-fought 7-5 home win against Strathaven.

The visitors received the kick-off and immediately dominated possession but failed to make significant breaks into the home half.

Bank were camped in the Strathaven half but poor support at the breakdown and poor handling in the wet conditions meant neither side broke the deadlock and the half ended scoreless.

The second half was more of the same until the 65th minute when Clydebank were awarded a scrum.

Centre Campbell Cowie hit a great angle to break the midfield defence and open the scoring and Jack McCombe converted with a nicely struck kick.

Strathaven made it a nervy last 10 minutes for Bank when their player/coach subbed himself on and made an impact with some strong ball carrying before diving over from close range to score.

The conversion was missed and Bank had a two point lead, but held out for the win.

The man of the match was Robert Parr who was always a danger with the ball in hand and made some outstanding tackles at wing forward. The 2nd XV returned to action this weekend in the West Reserve 2 League against Ardrossan after gaining promotion last year.

Confidence is high going into this season and with a mix of experience and youth in the side they are eager to prove they can compete.

The went down 54 - 26, but it gives Bank plenty to work on going into next week’s ties where both teams go to Lenzie.