Clydebank boss Kieran McAnespie refused to criticise his players after they slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Pollok on Saturday.

Ross Alexander’s second-half solo effort looked to have rescued a point for McAnespie’s men but a goal nine minutes from time saw Bankies leave empty handed. 

Clydebank were well in it after Alexander levelled before a late Shaun Fraser strike saw Clydebank’s hopes of a point dashed. 

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McAnespie said: “We’ve worked so hard to get ourselves back in the game and then we’ve just switched off. You can’t do that against a top team - probably one of the most attacking in the juniors. It’s just basic decision making, so I’m disappointed for the boys. 

“It’s about being proactive rather than reactive, because sometimes it’s too late. If you look at Beith, who’re sitting above us in the league, they’ve got eight draws compared to our two because we can’t tend to see a draw out. 

Clydebank Post: Ross Alexander drills Bankies level but it wasn't enough to clinch a point (Photo: Stevie Doogan)Ross Alexander drills Bankies level but it wasn't enough to clinch a point (Photo: Stevie Doogan)

“We’re working with a young squad and they’re learning with each game we play. We want to go and take this club to the next level and the players all want to be a part of that so we need to work together to eradicate the mistakes. 

“We’re very blessed with some very talented young players. Ross was excellent today, and he’s taken his chance. He’s been frustrated with not playing, but he’s taken that goal very well." 

Elsewhere, McAnespie also confirmed veteran defender Andy Paterson has signed a new two year deal with the Bankies, meaning he will trigger his testimonial year.

He added: “Andy’s massive to what we want to do. He’s vastly experienced and he’s been playing at a consistent level for so long.

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“He’s excellent to have around the club so we’re delighted to have him for another couple of years and we’ll look at creating a great day and getting a good club down for his game.”