Clydebank manager Gordon Moffat has challenged his troops to carry their impressive away form over the last few seasons into the upcoming campaign.

The competitive action across the West of Scotland Football League gets under way this weekend with the Bankies making the trip to Barrhead to take on Arthurlie.

The Dunterlie Park side - whose pre-season plans suffered a blow when manager Andy McFadyen stood down last week due to work commitments, with assistant Craig Palmer stepping up in his place - went through Conference A undefeated last season as they clinched promotion to the top flight, and Moff isn’t expecting a comfortable afternoon.

He told the Post: “I’ve been thinking about the Arthurlie game since the fixtures came out and starting to look towards it and thinking about our strongest team and what the game plan might be and all that sort of stuff.

“They’re a good side and didn’t lose a game last year, albeit a level down, but you don’t do that if you’re not a very good team.

“It’s going to be a very tough opener for us but our away form has been good over the last couple of years so we’ll go there and try and win the game.”

Clydebank’s pre-season schedule came to an end on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat in Perth against East of Scotland league outfit Luncarty.

Ben Ayton put the hosts ahead before an own-goal levelled things up only for Luncarty to win it in the closing ten minutes.