Hamilton Accies recorded their first clean sheet of the season in a hard-fought draw against Dunfermline Athletic.
Stuart Taylor’s men picked up their first point since the away win at Queen of the South last month and were unlucky not to take home all three points after Lewis Smith’s second half effort hit the post.
However, they had to look smart at the back as Craig Wighton struck the woodwork early doors and Kai Kennedy’s mazy runs threatened to break the deadlock.
Ultimately, it would finish goalless and now the Accies prepare to host top of the table Inverness Caledonian Thistle next week.
It was almost the worst possible start for the Accies when former Hearts striker Wighton came close. Nikolay Todorov charged up the right, crossing for his unmarked partner who glanced a volley off the post.
Accies responded via their main threat throughout the afternoon – Josh Mullin. The forward, who played more centrally against the Pars, saw an early header saved well by ex-Accies ‘keeper Owain Fon Wiliams.
The 29-year-old, who celebrated his birthday through the week, would go close again soon after. This was a much harder chance though, with the ball falling to him on the edge of the area. Leaning back, he flicked the ball up before smacking a volley at the top corner – only for Fon Williams to make an acrobatic save.
Injury struck Accies before the half-hour mark when Lewis Spence won a 50-50 but ended up on the turf, holding his knee. He would be stretchered down the tunnel a few minutes later.
Josh Edwards and Kai Kennedy both threatened before the half, with Mullin putting a header over the bar to end an even first-half.
Andy Ryan was handed the captain’s armband as Brian Easton dropped to the bench through injury, and he had two half-chances after the break as Accies came out stronger.
However, the visitors’ best chance was still to come. Ryan Dow was robbed in midfield, allowing Josh Mullin to release Lewis Smith on the right. He cut back onto his left, curling a left-footed shot at goal but it would only hit the post.
Kieran MacDonald had a strong game at left-back, and almost got on the scoresheet had it not been for Fon Williams’ parrying his powerful drive away.
A free-kick on the edge of the area followed and Mullin’s cross had to be cleared off the line, before consecutive corners put Fon Williams under tremendous pressure – but despite various stramashes, Accies couldn’t find a goal.
Mihai Popescu would go close with a header and Marley Redfern had a shot deflected wide but this one would finish goalless.
Hamilton: Fulton; Popescu, MacDonald, Ryan (c), Smith (McGowan 72), Want (Easton 76), Spence (Virtanen 26), Mullin, Mimnaugh, Matheson, Redfern
Subs unused Hilton; Hughes, Stanger, Munro
Dunfermline: Fon Williams, Comrie, Watson, Gaspuitis, Edwards; Dow, Dorrans ©, Pybus, Kennedy (Thomas 74’); Wighton (O’Hara 62’), Todorov (Cole 65’)
Subs: Mehmet; Macdonald, Allan, Jones
Referee: Scott Lambie
Assistants: David McGeachie, Scott Anderson(Picture courtesy of Adam Law)