Hamilton's Header Separates Two Poor Teams

Last updated : 10 December 2005 By Firparkcorner

Terry rang the changes for the first outing at the Bairns’ new home. Quinn was given the left back slot and Hammell found himself at left midfield. Clarkson got the nod ahead of McDonald while the absent Foran was replaced by McBride.

The alterations looked early on as we camped in the opposition half for the first fifteen minutes. Despite the possession we made little in the way of chances and Hamilton’s two headed attempts were as close as we came to scoring.

countered eventually and the half dragged on with both teams spraying inaccurate passes. There was no shortage of effort but little skill on show.

The second half had the Mighty Well facing the away support and we might have had an early opener when Hammell’s corner was headed wide by Craigan. The experiment with Hammell did not produce much success, he looked uncertain when in at attacking position.

Clarkson had given his usual while hearted effort but he never looked like finding a way through the stiff defence. In fifty four minutes the manager decided to bring on McDonald and hooked Clarkson. The substitution was made when we were awarded a free kick thirty five yards from goal and as the defence adjusted to the threat provided by the replacement, Hammell ‘s dead ball kick found Hamilton’s head. The ball beat Glennan at his right hand post and we were on up.

were forced to seek the equakiser and they pushed us back to defend deep. It seemed that they had drawn level in seventy five minutes when a McBreen header looked net bound. Smith flew across his line and an outstretched hand kept the goal intact.

McDonald looked lively and forced Glennon into a save as we entered the last ten minutes. The late, late consolation failed to materialise and with the aid of some desperate defending we closed out the game.

It was not pretty but the three precious points see us overtake Aberdeen to joint Inverness on joint sixth place. We’ll have to be a bit more creative against Hibs at Easter Road next week.