One Point Closer to that Top Six Place

Last updated : 07 April 2004 By Firparkcorner

Adams and Clarkson were restored to their normal starting positions and Uncle Phil made his second consecutive start.

Is this the worst strip in the country?
Burns kicked off facing the South Stand end but he would see little of the Hearts goal for the following half hour or so. The Tarts pinned us back right from the off and Marshall was called into action early on. He had to make four or five clean catches in the first ten minutes although his best effort was to throw himself at the feet of the Hearts attack to make a telling block.

Just before the half hour our defence crumbled. There seemed to be little threat as a cross came from the right but it bounced high ten yards out and
Marshall attempted a swipe. The mass of players prevented a clean touch and the ball fell to Wyness who managed a lob into the far corner. A scrappy effort but one that seemed to be ‘on the cards’.

Few in the home stands gave the ‘Well much chance following that goal. The opposition had a much bigger physical presence and it seemed that their hight advantage at either end of the park would be our undoing. We looked tired and were finding it difficult to make any opportunities in enemy territory.

By the half time whistle our only attempt on goal was a Corrigan blast from thirty five yards. Unfortunately the ball took a bauble just before he struck and it sliced out of the park for a throw in!

Burns and Craig swapped positions at the break and it was clear that words had been spoken in the dressing room. Suddenly we were pressing them and harrying when out of possession then charging upfield when the opportunity arose.

On the hour Craig sent a cross come chip into the six yard box and to everyone’s amazement Clarkson found himself unmarked. He took the header well and we were level.

Both teams determined that the game was still to be won and the play raged from one end to the other. Despite the energetic nature of the game there were no yellow cards shown.

A very valuable point was gained and the lads now have a ten day break before the trip to
Aberdeen. One for the stattos. When was the last season we were unbeaten against Hearts?