Jon Obika’s strike sees Hamilton fall to third consecutive loss

Obika slams home the games only goal. Picture: SNS

Hamilton were hit with their third consecutive defeat as Jon Obika’s first-half opener was enough to seal a vital three points for St Mirren.

It was a second successive 1-0 defeat at home for Brian Rice’s side against probable relegation rivals, and yesterday afternoons performance has left some Accies fans worried about what the season holds.

There was a debut for Rice’s midweek signing Lee Hodson, who lined-up against his former side while fans favourite David Templeton made his first start of the season after recovering from a back injury.

Both sides were without a game midweek as their opponents (Celtic and Aberdeen) were both guilty of breaching the COVID-19 protocols.

The game started off very lively indeed and Ryan Fulton made a fantastic reflex save to deny Joe Shaughnessy as he got on the end of Kyle McAllister’s corner at the front-post.

Minutes later, Buddies keeper Jak Alnwick was tested up the other end, making two saves from Templeton’s low driven shot and David Moyo’s effort.

Shaughnessy went close again when he got on the end of another corner, but Shaun Want threw himself in front of the ball to make a goal-saving block.

But after a strong spell of pressure from Jim Goodwin’s side, Hamilton fell behind.

After failing to deal with a Cameron MacPherson free-kick, Richard Tait picked up the loose ball and squared it for Obika to bundle home from close-range for his first goal of the season.

There was little response from the home side and they nearly found themselves further behind as Kyle McAllister’s curling effort went narrowly wide.

Fulton was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers and the young Scotsman made another brilliant save to prevent it being 2-0.

Junior Morias picked up the ball in acres of space and his effort was heading for the far corner, but Fulton’s one-handed save put it out for a corner.

Unsurprisingly, there was a response from Brian Rice’s side in the second half and they came close to levelling just minutes after the re-start when Andy Winters cross from the right was lashed over the bar by Ross Callachan.

Justin Johnson came on for the home side to replace Lewis Smith, and the young Dutchman’s lightening pace caused Richard Tait all sort of problems.

Winter nearly scored his first league goal, when he swivelled beyond his marker and saw his low driven effort saved by the legs of Alnwick.

Johnson continued to cause the St Mirren defence trouble down the right but it was Templeton who set up McMann on the left in the 77th minute but again Alnwick’s foot cane to the rescue.

Johnson then curled a left-footed shot narrowly wide.

St Mirren had the occasional counter-attack and substitute Ilkay Durmus had three shots saved by Fulton.

The visitors comfortably saw out the game record their second win of the season, pulling them six points clear of Hamilton- which could be vital come next April.

Hamilton face Motherwell in a vital Lanarkshire Derby, where both sides will be looking to pick up maximum points for the first time this season.

Full Time: Hamilton 0-1 St Mirren

HAMILTON: Fulton, Hodson, Odofin, Want, McMann, L Smith (Johnson 55), Callachan (Mimnaugh 81), Martin, Templeton, Moyo (Ogkmpoe 55), Winter.

Subs not used: Hamilton, Trafford, Fjortoft, Munro, Gourlay, C Smith.

ST MIRREN: Alnwick, Fraser, Foley, Shaughnessy, Tait, MacPherson, Sheron, McGrath, McAllister (Durmus 61), Morias, Obika.

Subs not used: Baird, Thorvaldsson, Erhahon, Lyness, Urminsky, Henderson, Jamieson, Jack.

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