Last updated : 25 September 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
Another dismal day at Palmy as Queens went down to Accies but the home side contributed to their defeat with two horrendous lapses in defence. Queens seemed to struggle from the start with a slick looking Hamilton side dictating affairs. Their tall strikers were causing the Queens defence all sorts of problems and it was no surprise when on 6 minutes Jones siezed on a horrendous lapse by Burns to shoot into the corner of the net much to the dismay of Jim Thomson who really gave the youngster a right roasting. You could see the Queens heads go down even at this early stage as the Accies went for the jugular. Bowey headed off the line and as half-time approached Queens were in complete disarray with only a long range effort from McNiven to their credit. Accies boss Ex Queens player Billy Reid must have been more than satisfied with his team's performance at the interval.

Half-Time: Queens 0 Hamilton 1

The second half kicked off in similar fashion to the first with the Accies dictating things until Queens manager Scott decided to change things round by introducing Paton and English. This certainly had some effect as Queens grabbed a lifeline when the dangerous Gibson robbed a defender on the right and set up McNiven who was dumped from behind in the box. Queens scored from the resultant scramble but the referee had already awarded a penalty which O'Neill confidently converted on 63 minutes to a huge cheer from the Palmy faithful. Queens were now right back in it and surged up field in search of a winner but to the home fans huge disapointment the visitors took the lead again on 77 minutes thanks to another gift from the Queens defence. This time they failed to clear properly which Wilson exploited and Tunbridge headed over Scott. Queens tried to get back into the game but Hamilton were not prepared to surrender their lead and almost increased it in the dying seconds as hundreds of Queens fans headed for the exits. The game ended to cheers from the Hamilton support and boos of disappointment from the Palmy faithful. This was another bitter pill for Queens fans to swallow after their favourites had clawed themselves back into the game. To be frank Hamilton were the better team and could have been several goals up by half-time. Queens first half performance was shocking to say the least and it was only when Scott shifted things round by bringing on Paton and English that we looked to make a game of it. With Stranraer winning at Brechin Queens are now isolated at the foot of the table and the daunting trip to Dingwall on Saturday looms. I have seen enough now to suggest that we are in one hell of a hole and Scott will have one hell of a job digging us out.

Gary Wood gets to grip with the
Accies aerial threat

O'Neill celebrates Queens equaliser but Accies
hit the winner 10 minutes later