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Accies web reporter Louise Davidson was at NDP on Saturday….

Hamilton Academical v Falkirk
cinch League 1
Saturday 13th April 2024
5:30pm at New Douglas Park 

Hamilton 0 Falkirk 2

This weekend we took on league champions Falkirk aiming to secure a win over them for the first time this season, while the Bairns were seeking to maintain their season long unbeaten league run.

Boss John Rankin made two changes to the starting XI with Barjonas returning from his suspension in place of Hewitt, and Hendrie replacing the injured Longridge.

The first half saw Falkirk have the bulk of possession, but had nothing to show for their efforts. We had a few shots but were not clinical enough in front of goal, Rankin agreed stating “we had two good opportunities but didn’t take them.”

Former Accies man, Dylan Tait, thought he had opened the scoring for the Bairns in the 12th minute but his shot from 18 yards out sailed wide of the top right corner.

Just six minutes later, in-form Miller, reckoned the shot from his surging run had found the back of the net, but Lyness was on hand to beat the ball away.

Miller, once again, believed his shot was goal bound in the 32nd minute, but the tight angle made it a relatively easy save for Lyness.

Redfern had a great opportunity for us to open the scoring two minutes later when his quick feet afforded him space to get his shot away in the box, but it fizzed across the face of goal.

The final, and arguably best chance, of the half came in the 39th minute for Rose. Hendrie’s cross from the left found Rose unmarked at the back post, but his header, at odds with his recent form, went over the bar.

The second half proved to be a very disappointing evening for us and a further celebration for the unbeaten champions. Rankin believed the second half proved “that when you don’t take your chances, you get punished.”

Just four minutes after the restart, Falkirk were awarded a central area free kick from 20 yards out. Miller stepped up to take it and his fantastic effort bounced off the inside of the post and trickled along the line, begging to tapped in by MacIver to make it 0-1.

Lewis Smith thought he had equalised for us in 69th minute when he curled his shot beautifully for the top corner, but credit must go to Hogarth who pushed it out for a corner.

Falkirk had the final chance and goal of the evening, when Lyness gave a loose pass to Williamson which allowed Nesbitt to pinch it from him and slot the ball coolly into the net, with Rankin branding it “the poorest goal we have conceded all season”. 0-2

One positive that can be taken from the game is the return of captain Scotty Martin. Boss Rankin believed that this will give the team a lift as we advance towards the play offs.  

Rankin summed up a disappointing performance stating, “we lacked urgency and intensity.”

We must now look to improve next weekend when we take on Montrose away from home.

Accies: Lyness (GK), Kilday, Barjonas (L Smith 56), Henderson, Rose (Hastie 71), Redfern (Winter 56), McGowan, Davidson (Kirk 71), Tumility, Williamson, Hendrie (Martin 78 ).

Unused Subs: J Smith (GK), Hamilton, Hewitt, Kalala

Falkirk: Hogarth (GK), McCann, Donaldson, Morrison (Agyeman 84), Spencer (McGinn 87), Nesbitt (Oliver 87), Yeats, Tait, MacIver (Shanley 87), Mackie, Miller (Ross 76)

Unused Subs: Long (GK), Henderson, Bisland

Referee- Craig Napier / AR1- Dougie Potter / AR2- Ross Nelson / 4th Official – Duncan Nicolson

Att: 2211 (1408 away)

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