TEN-MAN Accies held on for the points to leave Cowdenbeath still looking for their first win in 15 games.
Scorers: Hamilton Academical: Page (61) May (65); Cowdenbeath: Hemmings (24)
Stevie May’s spectacular strike proved the difference in a match which only intermittently came to life. Indeed, the opening stages had a soporific quality that even the drummer in the Cowdenbeath support was reluctant to disturb.
Yet, just as Accies appeared to be stepping up the tempo, it was their visitors who took the lead.
Long-range efforts from Louis Longridge and Gary Fraser raised expectation among home fans but they were silenced by a deadly Blue Brazil counter-attack. Scott Linton’s cross was met by a decisive finish from on-loan Rangers striker Kane Hemmings, whose shot went in via the bar.
Hamilton almost hit back immediately when Ali Crawford’s diagonal pass found Longridge racing in at the far post. However, the striker, at full stretch, could only poke his effort inches wide.
Instead Cowdenbeath might well have stretched their lead on the stroke of half-time had it not been for Ziggy Gordon’s crucial block on Hemmings.
Billy Reid, the Accies manager, introduced two substitutes early in the second half and one of them, Grant Gillespie, was instrumental in pulling the home side level. From the right wing, he picked out Jonathan Page who swept the ball low into the net from 12 yards.
Four minutes later Hamilton were ahead when May curled a superb shot high into the corner. However, they were forced to hang on for the final 20 minutes with ten men after Alex Neil received a second yellow card.