Clydebank boss Gordon Moffat cut a frustrated figure last Wednesday after watching his side draw a blank against Rossvale.

The Bankies couldn’t find a way through a well-organised Rossvale defence who had clearly learned their lesson after shipping seven goals to Beith just four days before holding Moffat’s troops to a goalless draw.

Bankies were back on song at the weekend with a 4-0 win away to Carluke in the Kilmarnock Pie WoSFL Cup – but that didn’t take away much of the sting from the dropped league points against Moffat’s former club as Clydebank fell six points adrift of leaders Auchinleck at the top of the Premier Division.

The best chances at Petershill Park with the best chances actually falling to the hosts.

Conor MacDonald was through on goal after 17 minutes but dragged his shot wide with just Jamie Donnelly to beat, and the tireless James Dolan tried to catch the goalkeeper out towards the end of the contest but his effort was tipped away.

Matt Niven nodded wide for the away side and Lee Gallacher could only shoot at the goalkeeper from a promising position as a misfiring Bankies side had to settle for a point.

Moff was cursing his side’s luck on the injury front but didn’t use that as an excuse and – admits Bankies just didn’t get going.

Speaking exclusively to the Post, he said: “We didn’t do enough to win the game. Rossvale lost seven goals at the weekend and we spoke about that and we knew they were going to sit in and be compact. We never quite had the quality to do it.

“We were right down on numbers, but that’s not an excuse – we had the quality on the pitch and the bench to get the job done, and we never.

“It was just one of those nights. Normally we look a threat at some period of the game, but it just petered out. We couldn’t click in the final third.

“As the game goes on, you throw bodies forward - we’ve got five up the top of the pitch towards the end of the game and guys are starting to force it a wee bit, which is natural.

“We nearly lost it at the end, but I’d rather have a go to get three points than settle for a point.”

Bankies did manage to put the disappointment of their Rossvale draw behind them on Saturday as they moved into the second round of the West of Scotland League Cup.

Lee Gallacher’s looping header got Bankies off and running early on, and skipper Nicky Little sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to double the visitors’ lead just before the break at the John Cumming Stadium.

On his 150th appearance for the club, Ross ‘Archie’ McPherson took advantage of a kind break of the ball on 63 minutes to make it three, before nodding in his 56th goal in a Bankies jersey two minutes from the end.

Moffat told the club’s media team: “It was a professional job, a clean sheet and we’re into the next round. It gives us three tournaments after New Year, which is excellent.”

Clydebank round off 2021 when Kilbirnie Ladeside visit Holm Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Elsewhere, Yoker fell out of the West of Scotland League Cup after losing to Largs Thistle at Holm Park on Saturday.

David McGrath put the Whe Ho ahead against their Premier Division opponents with the visitors equalising through Scott Adam on the stroke of half-time.

That’s how the scoring would remain until added time at the end of the second period when Blair McIntyre’s free-kick flew into the net to give the visitors the win.

On West of Scotland League duty on Saturday, Drumchapel United extended their lead at the top of Conference C with a 4-2 win at Vale of Leven.

The Drum fell behind, but hit back through Jack Smith, Martin Grehan, Gary Muir and Daniel Finnigan to put them eight points clear of second top Neilston.

Yoker and Drumchapel both wrap up their 2021 fixtures this Saturday with journeys to the opposite side of the city – Yoker travel to James McGrory Park to take on St Roch’s, while Drumchapel take on Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park.

Both those games kick off at 1.30pm.

as Yoker travel to James McGrory park to take on St Roch’s and Drumchapel are on the road again, this time facing Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park. Both games kick-off at 1:30pm.