Clydebank picked up their first win of the year on Saturday with a battling 1-0 victory away to Benburb.

A first-half own goal handed the Bankies all three points as they moved up to eighth place in the Premiership table, with Clydebank boss Gordon Moffat hailing the “huge” win as his side put a 10-point gap between themselves and the relegation spot.

“That’s a huge three points,” Moffat told Post Sport. “We said to the boys at the start of the day that, in the context of the league, there was a good chance to put a cushion between us and Bens.

“They have games in hand, but that’s the reality of where we are just now.

“I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but I feel the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy game was a real turning point in terms of our effort and shape.

“Even with the couple of games we’ve lost since, I’ve seen a shift because we’re just a bit harder to play through. They’re a great bunch of boys off the pitch, but I’m now starting to see them working together in their shape on the park too.

“I came through the leagues with Benburb when I was with Rossvale, so I know how they play.

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“They’re robust, physical and hard to play against. We knew what we were going to be up against, and we really stood up to that.

“I asked my defenders and captain specifically to be up for the aerial bombardment that we knew would come at times, and I thought we were excellent at fighting our corner.

“On another day, we could’ve scored a few more, but when you are where we are, a 1-0 win was about as good as I could have asked for.”

Elsewhere, the gaffer singled out striker Aaron Miller on his return from long-term injury.

Moffat added: “I thought Aaron was magnificent. We played a friendly on Tuesday and he looked so sharp for someone who’s only had three or four full sessions in five months.

“We wanted to get as much as we could out of him rather than throw him on if we were chasing the game, but he really took us up the pitch and led the line well.”

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