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HAMILTON 1-1 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH26th February 2000
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A quick look at the match stats tells you the story of this match, Hamilton twelve shots on goal, nine on target, Queens five on goal two on target. David Mathieson was back to his best as he produced numerous top class saves to deny the Accies anything more than a point.

The game began with Hamilton looking the more positive, yet it was Queens that took the lead as Sandy Hodge made a surging run down the left and fed Stevie Mallan who was up-ended in the box and a penalty awarded. Up stepped the versatile Charlie Adams, partnering Mallan up front today, and he coolly placed his effort past 'keeper Reid, a nice way to make acquaintance again as the last meeting at Palmerston had seen Charlie flattened by the keeper and Reid shown the red card for his troubles.

Queens took heart from this and proceeded to dominate the next ten to fifteen minutes, both Denis Boyle and Stevie Mallan having good efforts well saved.

Hamilton soon re-discovered their rhythm and in the remainder of the half David Mathieson demonstrated why he is so highly rated once again with half a dozen top class saves to ensure that Queens narrow lead was maintained.

Bad news for Queens supporters as the teams took to the field for the second half as Captain Andy Aitken was missing, Ackers having picked up a knock in the first half and had to see ready made replacement Kevin Robison take his place at the back.

In the second period Queens had a couple of chances through Hodge and Dickson but the balance of play was with the Accies. It did look though as the Doonhamers would return to Dumfries with the points as the defence remained solid. That is until the seventy fifth minute when, unbelievably for the fourth game in succession a Queens player was red carded, this time Ally McMillan was the culprit as he kicked out at Ian McAulay.

It was backs to the wall stuff from there on in as Queens defended in depth, Hodge and Boyle both had to clear off the line whilst Mathieson made a number of excellent saves in that last fifteen minutes.

Just as the travelling supporters though that they might escape with a victory ex-Queens forward Darren Henderson struck after three full minutes of injury time to seal a point for the Accies, one though that they did deserve.

On a slightly brighter note Stenhousemuir lost at home to Stirling Albion and are now only six points in front of us at the foot of the table, although they do have a game in hand.

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