CLYDEBANK manager Gordon Moffat admits there are positives to his side's 2023/24 campaign, despite Beith clinching the Premier Division title at the weekend.

Beith won 2-0 against Troon to make it back-to-back league titles as Bankies now aim to finish the season as best of the rest.

The Holm Park side were back in action for the first time in a month on Saturday and rounded off their home campaign with a 2-1 win over St Cadoc’s on Saturday thanks to Oisin McHugh and Ciaran Mulcahy strikes.

Kieran Hughes kept out a second-half penalty to prevent the visitors from getting back into it, though they did then pull one back through Neil McLaughlin.

A disastrous start to 2024 looks set to have cost Bankies the title as they won just twice in their opening seven games of the year with Beith currently six points clear heading into the final game of the season.

Despite looking to set to finish within touching distance of the Bellsdale Park side, Moff has been pleased to see his troops cut the gap on Beith and urged that they simply have to go again.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “We spoke a lot about ending the home season on a high because we have had a good season.

“I wanted us to finish with a good performance more than anything and show the fans we weren’t just going to have that month off then drift away.

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“We were keen to start fast after not playing for so long so it was pleasing that the players went on and carried out the game plan. There was a lot to be pleased about.

“In the second half it caught up with us a wee bit that we hadn’t played so long competitively and we had to use the bench to help us but I thought we deserved three points.

“There’s no hiding behind the fact that the February results had cost us, even if we got a win and a draw in there it would have taken us closer.

“It’s frustrating on one hand that you look at the league table and it might end up being three or six points in it but the way I look at it is we’ve closed the gap on them from last year.

“We spoke about that last year and we’ve done that so I think there is a positive in there.

“Last year in the league games we never really laid a glove on Beith but this year we’ve beat them 3-0 at home and they’ve held on for a 2-1 win at their place.

“I think there definitely is progress in there and we need to try and squeeze it up again which isn’t easy because everyone is trying to do that and there’s now so much money and resources at this level.”

The 2023/24 campaign comes to an end for Clydebank this weekend when they travel to Pollok and with a second place finish still up for grabs, Moff has urged his side to finish the season on a high.

He added: “To finish second in the division would be Clydebank’s highest ever league finish since we fell to non-league football and we are desperate to achieve that.

“We won’t get a medal or trophy for it but there’s definitely a bit of personal pride and we want to achieve that.”

Kick-off at Newlandsfield on Saturday is at 2.00pm.