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Hamilton Academical 0 v 1 Clyde

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: New Douglas Park
Date: Saturday, 15th January 2005
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 1,873
Referee: C Thomson
Hamilton Academical
v
Clyde

Goals

Hamilton Academical   Clyde
  Arbuckle (51)

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Hamilton Academical   Clyde
McEwan Halliwell
Hodge Mensing
Walker Burns
Thompson Wilson
(63) Carney Potter
Javary Sheridan
Corcoran Arbuckle Yellow Card
(77) McPhee Gibson
Keogh Jones
Cramb Malone
Fyfe Gilhaney (79)
Substitutes
Lumsden Balmer
Jellema Morrison
(63) Carrigan Bradley
McLeod Gardiner (79)
(77) Irons Harris

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by Alan Henderson
Clyde recorded their third narrow win over Accies this season with an Arbuckle cross that sailed into the net. Clyde will be glad to see the back of the artificial surface too, because when it rains and blows everybody must see it's far from the perfect surface to play on.

Clyde rang the changes after last week with Bollan, Balmer and Harty being replaced by Arbuckle, Gilhaney and Gibson.

As expected they began in very confident fashion with Sheridan and Burns in particular spraying passes about for the opening fifteen minutes. Sadly despite the domination there was no end product as Gilhaney struggled to get on the end of things. Clyde were also intent on making life difficult for themselves and twice Simon Mensing gifted possession to Accies in front of goal and was relieved to see Halliwell and Potter save the day on each occasion.
Clyde's first real threat came from a couple of Burns free kicks that McEwan dealt with very confidently. Otherwise the game was approaching a stalemate as the rain started to fall.

Arbuckle was harshly booked for diving in the Accies box. Certainly he drove into the box looking for contact - and contact he found. However the referee decided it was a blatant dive and it's a pity that he wasn't consistent enough to apply this throughout the game otherwise there would have been a few more in the book.

As the second half began the game looked for all the world like a goaless draw as both teams struggled to build the play and chances were far and few between. Then the luck changed for Arbuckle and Clyde. He made a run down the right and fired in a cross that appeared harmless enough. However the keeper got under the ball and could only watch as it flew into the net. Clyde nearly doubled the advantage straight away but Malone's volley was just the wrong side of the post.

Accies were of course forced to chase the game and Halliwell pulled off a good save from a free kick and was very confident with his handling at crosses. Clyde were always looking for the counter but could never find the final ball to do the damage. One of the few moments of tension occurred when a set of floodlights failed and the possibility of abandonment loomed. With three sets working and all the safety lights on the referee deemed it was safe enough to continue.

New signing Chris Gardiner was given a chance up front and seemed to enjoy himself as the game fizzled out.

Yet another narrow but invaluable win for the Bully Wee. There is one almighty relegation dogfight looming with only nine points separating third from ninth spot and it isn't going to be pretty. Thankfully the Bully Wee have a nice buffer from that zone and are looking at Falkirk instead.

Clyde Star Ratings(*****)
Halliwell ***** At the top of his game.
Mensing *** One of 'those' first halves, but redeemed in the second.
Burns **** Class act and always has time.
Wilson **** Held firm and wasn't even booked!
Potter **** Steady as ever.
Sheridan **** Hustled away in his usual fashion.
Arbuckle *** Faded in and out but scored a vital goal.
Gibson *** Not his surface but stuck to his task.
Jones *** Battled away but hardly had a sight of goal.
Malone **** An energetic and unsung hero.
Gilhaney *** Lots of darting runs but no end product.
Gardiner *** Confident debut from the Hearts lad.