by Andrew Petrie – Saturday 28th August
Lewis Smith was absolutely delighted to cap his 50th appearance for his boyhood club with a goal, as his strike gave Accies their first league win of the season.
Coming on as a second-half sub against Queen of the South for his milestone appearance, it didn’t take long for the winger to make an impact – rocketing in a left-footed shot from 25 yards out.
“I’m over the moon to be honest, I’m really happy to get the goal,” he told Accies media team.
“It’s been a long time coming for myself and I’m so happy I could help the team get the first league win of the season.”
After a superb first-half performance, Accies were looking to get back in front after Rauri Paton cancelled out Andy Ryan’s opener.
“The ball sat up nicely for me and no one closed me down,” Lewis confessed.
“I wanted to make an impact and the gaffer said ‘get your shots away quickly’, so I thought why not smash it and it went in the bottom corner.”
It’s not the first pearler from the 21-year-old, who has six goals to his name in his half-ton of Accies outings.
“I should start trying to score rubbish goals!” he joked. “I don’t score as much as I’d like to. In the future hopefully I can score both.”
It was also a milestone for new head coach Stuart Taylor – a first win in his first game in the dugout.
“Since the gaffer has come in, he’s been really good, he’s been very clear on how he wants us to play and he gets his ideas across well,” Lewis said.
“Obviously, it’s only been a week but training has been really good and hopefully today gives us that bit of confidence we need to keep going and getting more wins under the belt.”
The winger is now looking to push on after a frustrating past 18 months, of which he has spent a large portion on the sidelines.
“Last season wasn’t ideal for me personally,” he reflected. “Going down was obviously a disappointment but you can’t linger on the past in football.
“You have to look forward and the gaffer has stressed it’s a clean slate for all of us. I feel like we have it in us to win more games and hopefully this can kickstart our season and we can push on.”