CLYDEBANK boss Gordon Moffat believes a fourth-place finish in the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division was a cruel way for his side's season to finish.

Bankies let a one-goal lead slip at Newlandsfield on Saturday as Pollok ended the season with three points.

Nicky Low put the visitors ahead with a wonder goal when his first-time volley from the edge of the box flew into the net but ‘Lok turned things around through Andy Gallacher’s rapid brace.

That result, along with victories for Auchinleck Talbot and St Cadoc’s, meant that the Holm Park side fell from second to fourth in the final standings.

Moff feels that the points were there for the taking in the south side and admits lessons need to be learned for the 2024/25 campaign.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “We had a crazy few minutes and it wasn’t like Pollok had a period of pressure, they just broke up the field twice.

“We need to look at our part and we could have done a lot more with the chances we had throughout the afternoon.

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“I didn’t think the boys deserved to finish in fourth – I think last season it was about right but I think this season they probably deserved a runners-up finish to Beith, who were deserved winners, but because we let the lead slip we fall down to fourth which is a bit of a cruel way to end for the players.

“On the flipside, you get what you deserve and we weren’t ruthless enough on Saturday when we were on the top.

“The table tells the story and there’s probably a few games this season where we’ve lost by the odd goal and we need to work on that for next season.”

For Moff, he will now give his players the next month off as he and coaching staff begin to analyse where it went wrong for his side this season.

Clydebank led the way in the Premier Division until the midway point of the campaign but a run of poor form in February resulted in them letting top spot slip.

For the Bankies boss, the hard work is only just beginning as he looks to reflect and build towards the 2024/25 season.

He explained: “We’ve still got a couple of chats to have with some of the guys to see what they are going to do next season but other than that they will be off until mid-June.

“It’s probably the busiest few weeks of the year for myself so there will be plenty of meetings and sitting down with players, the board and my coaches.

“We’ve learned lessons from our last pre-season so we’ll tweak and changes some things – for example I don’t think we were quite match sharp when the competitive games started.”