On Tuesday afternoon I attended my 56th game of the season as I watched an eight-goal thriller between St Mirren Reserves and Hamilton Reserves at the St Mirren Training Ground in Ralston.
There was a debut in goals for 20-year old keeper Peter Urminsky, who had just signed for the Saints two hours before kick-off from Czech side Spartak Trnava.
The well experienced Kirk Broadfoot also started in the heart of the Buddies defence as he tries to improve his fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Hamilton played a young side, but first team fringe players such as Ross Cunningham and Ronan Hughes featured.
Both Jim Goodwin and Brian Rice watched on in the horrendous conditions so there was an opportunity for the youngsters to impress.
The home side started the better side and should have been ahead on the 24th minute when Jay Henderson beat his man down the line, before his cross from the by-line was smashed off the post by Josh Jack.
However, it was Accies who took the lead on the 36th minute when Ross Cunningham’s effort was well saved by Urminsky, but Ronan Hughes was on-hand to slam home the rebound from close range.
Hamilton doubled their advantage from the penalty spot five minutes later as Cunningham blasted his effort straight down the middle.
The conditions worsened as the second half got underway, with Accies playing against a strong wind.
St Mirren remarkably turned the game around in an unbelievable six-minute spell.
Lewis Jamieson was the man responsible for pulling his side back into the game as he converted from the penalty spot, before his curling effort from the edge of the box went in off the underside of the crossbar.
Connor McBrearty added a third when his piledriver from range flew past Jamie Smith.
Accies, who were shellshocked tried to respond, but it was the home side who made it 4-2 on the 72nd minute as McBrearty doubled his tally for the afternoon with an effort from close-range.
Hamilton never gave up though and this incredible game continued to produce the goods as substitute Jack Garrad made it 4-3 as he poked an effort under Urminsky.
Just as things were beginning to swing in favour of the away side, a terrible back-pass was pounced on by Jack, who rounded Smith and slotted home to put the game to bed.
Full Time– St Mirren Reserves 5-3 Hamilton Reserves
St Mirren XI
Urminsky, Grant, Ellis, Broadfoot, McAllister, Taylor, McBrearty, McMaster, Henderson, Jameson, Jack
Subs- Law, Girvan, McCaw, Frew
Hamilton Academical XI
Smith, Scullion, Munro, McDonald, McAndrew, Meikle, Cunningham, Forrest, Slaven, Hughes, Joseph
Subs- Connolly, Blair, Grigor, Harris, Garrad, Pirrie