ELGIN City’s heaviest league defeat of the campaign has already got manager Barry Wilson looking towards next season.
A 4-0 thumping at Clyde and a fresh injury worry to long serving midfielder Mark Nicolson made Saturday a bad day for the Black and Whites.
The result ended any lingering hopes City had of making the play-offs, and boss Wilson could be set to give youngsters a chance between now and the end of the term.
“Maybe now is the time to blood some youngsters and see if I can unearth a gem between now and the end of the season,” Barry said after the Broadwood match. “To be honest there’s nothing to lose now.
“The players have now got to show me that they want contracts next season, simple as that. Some I’ve definitely seen enough to say ‘yeah’ but there’s others I need to have a good look at.”
Wilson felt Clyde were flattered by their 4-0 win on Saturday but Elgin did not do enough to justify getting anything from the contest.
Their day got off to a horror start when Mark Nicolson pulled his hamstring in the first minute, and had to be replaced by Ross County loanee Calum MacDonald.
With the likes of Brian Cameron, David Niven, Paul McMullan, Jamie Masson and Paul Millar all missing through injury, the likelihood of Nicolson missing the next two or three matches has added to the manager’s selection worries.
He said Shane Sutherland missed a good chance at 0-0 when he went clean through but dragged his shot wide.
Clyde then ended the half on a high and deservedly went in at the break 1-0 up, Michael Daly netting following a series of corners.
Scott Ferguson added a second midway through the second half and Daly finished off a Neil Janczyk free kick to make it 3-0.
Manager Wilson brought on his new assistant boss Graham Bayne as a trialist sub for his City debut ten minutes from time.
But it was the Bully Wee who wrapped up the scoring with a Gordon Young effort on 89 minutes.
“The two late goals kind of put an unfair reflection on things. But it was a hard lesson and we didn’t play well enough to get anything out of the game.”
It was Elgin’s eighth defeat in their last 11 games, and it doesn’t get any easier next week as they welcome runaway leaders Peterhead to Borough Briggs.
Elgin: Jellema, Beveridge, Finlayson, Crighton, Duff, Nicolson, (MacDonald 3), Gunn, Harkins, Wyness, Sutherland, MacKenzie (Trialist 81).