Tues: Albion Rovers 4 Hamilton Academical 4 (Albion Rovers won 4-2 on pens)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Albion Rovers 4 Hamilton Academical 4 (Albion Rovers won 4-2 on pens)
Betfred Cup 1st Round Group G
Ahead of my trip to Serbia, work took me back north of the border, and later than planned in my hopping life I got to visit Albion Rovers’ home, Cliftonhill, I was not disappointed either, a great old ground and one of the best games I have ever seen.
A lift off my work colleague from my city centre hotel and we were soon at the ground, a little perplexed by the 2 turnstiles, one for home fans and the other for away, not unusual I know. That is apart from the fact that once inside there was no segregation. Quirky!
You enter behind the main stand and make your way round either side of it, what greets you is a fantastic old ground, the only shame is that the end to your left and the side opposite, a big covered terrace area are no longer in use, I would have loved to have had a walk around. To the right is an open terraced stand where the majority of Accies fans congregated. It is the main stand that is the gem. An old structure with terracing at the bottom and seating in the top half, brilliant.
There probably isn’t anything that I can say about the match that others will not say. It was a cracker, the hosts had more of the ball and going off chances created they should have been out of sight. However, that isn’t to say the hosts were lucky. Rovers were dogged, attacked with pace and played their part in this cup-tie.
Taking the lead after 10 minutes through hesitation and a touch of good luck with the bounce, Rovers Trouten pounced, was a shock on the cards? As we headed towards half-time a fantastic strike by Donati levelled the score and right on the whistle Want scored the first of his brace, the Premiership team headed in for the break 2-1 up.
Surely Accies would run away with it after the break? Not a chance. Trouton got his second several minutes after the restart, the lead regained within no time by Want’s second. Once again seven minutes later Trouton equalised, this was incredible.
With quarter of an hour remaining the visitors won a penalty, converted easily by Bingham, Rovers looked spent. Was fitness going to tell? It certainly looked so. That was until the 94th minute, when Davidson blocked a clearance, ran through on goal and superbly finished from distance over Hamilton’s keeper, it was all but the last kick of the match. Penalties!
Time for a hero. Step up Graham Bowman the Albion stopper. He saved the first two Accies spot-kicks and his team-mates did the rest. The home fans celebrated, and rightly so.
If I see a better game than this during the rest of this season then I am in for a cracker.
Games since a 0-0: 9
700th Home Goal – Alan Trouten (2nd)
Speak & Spell – Depeche Mode