Last updated : 29 August 2004 By Duke Of Galloway

Queens injury ravaged side eventually went down to league leaders Clyde but not without a tremendous fight in which the visitors goal was bombarded in the closing stages. Clyde looked the smarter outfit from the start and Reid looked very uneasy in the centre of the Queens defence. As Queens struggled to get into the game Clyde's Harty was put through and looked certain to score but Scott pulled off a tremendous save. The referee was at this stage was having a real stinker and some of his decisions were beyond belief as he seemed to be giving everything to Clyde. Queens,after the early let-off gradually came back into the game with McLaughlan pulling the strings but they lacked punch and were not getting much joy against a well organised Bully Wee defence. The opening goal came on 20 minutes and a real scrappy effort it was. Clyde broke up field and with the Queens defence posted missing Harty managed to poke a shot goalwards which Scott seemed to save but unfortunately the ball had already crossed the line and the referee awarded a goal. Palmy went very quiet afterwards although Mc Niven nearly brought back some cheer when his header almost found the net. As the half ended the referee received a real roasting from the locals for his poor handling of the match.

Half -Time 0-1

Queens came out fighting in the second half and took the game to Clyde. English was causing problems with his surging runs but the Clyde defence looked very solid. McNiven really should have equalised when his tremendous drive was somehow blocked by Halliwell and English also had a goalbound effort turned over by the same man. Clyde were still dangerous on the break and Scott had to make a couple of great saves to keep them out. Queens with all their domination just could not get the elusive equaliser which they deserved and Clyde were quite happy to put men behind the ball and play for time. This was another disappointing afternoon for the Queens fans and sometime in the future they will play worse and win. In my opinion there was very little between the teams and with a little luck Queens could have snatched a draw. It was Clyde's day today but write off Queens at your peril. Once we get our share of the luck and some of our injured players back on the park we will start to get results. Meanwhile let's look forward to more drama at Perth on Tuesday evening.