Clydebank boss Kieran McAnespie has revealed he had mixed emotions after his side recorded what seemed to be comfortable back-to-back wins in the Sectional League Cup.

On the face of it, Bankies got their competitive season up and running in style with a resounding 6-2 victory over Vale of Leven on Saturday. 
However, the performance was much less emphatic than the scoreline suggests.

Although the Bankies were comfortable in the end with Jordan Shelvey opening the scoring before an Aaron Millar hat-trick, his third in five matches for the Bankies, and a Nicky Little double sealing it, the Vale did not deserve to be on the end of such a result.

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McAnespie’s side then made it two Sectional Cup wins on the bounce on Monday with a 4-1 win over the Whe Ho as on-loan Hamilton Accies youngster Kyle Munro, Liam Rae, Chris Black and Cammy McClair got on the scoresheet.

But, despite watching his side bag 10 goals in their first two competitive matches of the season, McAnespie insists Bankies are lacking match sharpness that will see them punished against better sides once the Premiership begins this weekend. 

“The first-halves against both Vale of Leven on Saturday and Yoker on Monday were really poor,” the gaffer admitted. “We didn’t come out as quickly or with as much intensity as we would have liked. That is in part down to the other teams pressing us and being in our faces. We won but I’ve got mixed emotions after the first two matches to be honest.

“We looked quite lethargic on the ball against Vale on Saturday. After some changes and a change of shape at half-time, we went on to dominate it.

“Yoker caused us problems too, but once we settled down and started to move the ball quickly, we looked dangerous.

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“It’s all about finding that consistency now for the entire 90 minutes.

“No disrespect to Yoker or Vale of Leven but when we come against the likes of Pollok, Talbot or Hurlford, we need to be at it from the start. If we’re as sloppy as we were, we will more than likely be punished.”

While McAnespie was reluctant to get carried with the heavy scorelines, he did admit that his exciting forward line could be ‘formidable’ once they hit their stride as the season goes on.

He added: “We’re really excited about our attacking options this season. We’ve got Conor Lynass and Del Hepburn to come back. We’ve got Jordan in there whose work rate is phenomenal and Nicky who finished top goalscorer in the league last season and of course Aaron.

“We’ve also got Cammy McClair and Kyle Munro, so we’ve got an abundance of options and ability in the final third - they will be formidable going forward.”

Bankies are back in action tonight against Vale of Clyde before getting their league season underway this Saturday v Kilwinning Rangers at Holm Park.

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