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

Hamilton Academical v Alloa Athletic
cinch League 1
Saturday 24th February 2024
3pm at New Douglas Park 

Hamilton 1 Alloa 2 

This weekend we took on Alloa Athletic aiming to pick up three points at home. Boss John Rankin made three changes to the starting XI with Jamie Smith, Barjonas and Redfern making way for Lyness, Williamson and Lewis Smith. This allowed Dean Lyness to make his first start for us and also saw Lewis Smith make his 100th start for the club.

The first half was a slow burner, as we had a few lengthy stoppages due to head knocks so neither team could really find their rhythm. We did have a few chances to open the scoring, but we were unable to capitalise on these chances.

We were forced into an early substitution in the 21st minute with Winter replacing Macdonald due to a serious clash of heads. Losing such a big character in the midfield appeared to rock the team.

Rose had a good chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute when a surging run from Kilday found him in the box but his shot was a relatively easy save for the keeper.

Williamson had a cracking chance a minute later when his goal bound shot curled just wide of the top corner.

15 minutes later Williamson had another stunning shot at goal, but again his shot curled just wide of the bottom corner.

The second half proved to be a bitter pill to swallow, and we would ultimately be on the end our third defeat in a row.

In the 57th minute, Alloa found the opener through an absolutely sublime goal. Roberts had two fantastic turns in the middle of the park to evade two Accies players, before he thumped the ball goal-bound from 30 yards out and watched his shot fire past Lyness and into the bottom corner. 0-1

We didn’t take long to respond though, as just three minutes later Euan Henderson, on as sub a few minutes earlier, popped up to give us the equaliser. Owens’ cross from wide on the right-hand side of the pitch found Henderson at the front post who powered his header into the top corner. 1-1.

Both teams went through a relatively quiet spell for the next 20 minutes with neither team having a decent shot on target.

However, Alloa were the victors of the afternoon after a poor defensive display from us at a corner. In the 82nd minute, an Alloa corner found Sammon at the front post who flicked the ball along the goal and into the path of substitute Robertson who was on hand to tap the ball in. 1-2.

A disappointed Rankin discussed his thoughts on the defeat: “The first half was stop- start it was a long-drawn-out half, nothing much was happening apart from head injuries and knocks.

“Second half we played into the trap, we played into a danger area then got stuck and then we have to react better, and we didn’t react at all…the second goal was a horrendous goal to lose.”

Accies: Lyness (GK), Longridge, Kilday, O’Hara, Rose (Hastie 72), L Smith (Henderson 54), Macdonald (Winter 21), McGowan, Davidson (Barjonas 72), Owens, Williamson.

Unused Subs: Fulton (GK), Redfern, Murray, Tumilty, Kirk.

Alloa: Morrison (GK), Taggart, Neill, Cawley (Buchanan 75), Roberts, Steven, Virtanen (Robertson 45+5), O’Donnell, Devine, Wales (Coulson 85), Sutherland (Sammon 64).

Unused Subs: Ogayi (GK), Graham, Donnelly, Roy, Mullen.

Referee- Craig Napier / AR1- Scott Anderson / AR2- Nathan Clac-Mansfield 

Attendance: 745 (82 away).

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