We kept the expected starting eleven as Hughes missed out once more through injury. Clarkson in particular was superb but everyone contributed and richly deserved the standing ovation given to them by the few hundred fans that had made the journey north.
The first half featured some awkward moments as both sides struggled to cope with a swirling wind which made playing football difficult. Eventually we managed to get used to the circumstances and began stroking the ball around but we took the lead with a set piece. McCormack's corner was flicked on by McGarry at the near post and Clarkson was left free in front of goal for a simple side foot finish.
We changed to a
After the break we were given a huge boost when Bayne was given a second yellow for a lunge at Clarkson. It was so late your correspondent, and many others, didn't even see the challenge. Having been deservedly yellowed for several fouls in the first half this was a particularly idiotic action from the big striker.
We effectively sealed the game when great play by McCormack produced a cross which Clarkson poked home at the second attempt. We were exceptionally lucky here as the move started with a throw which should have gone to
We played out the remainder of the match with ease and Clarkson completed his superb day with a nice run and pass to assist Darren Smith. The youngster squeezed the ball through the legs of Fraser to grab his first goal of the season. There was still time for Clarkson to screw a header well wide when he might have brought the ball down but while he didn't get the match ball he will have plenty to be happy about. Only the harshest of critics could find something to complain about in this ninety minutes as we consolidated our position in the top six.