Glendale welcomed Hamilton Accies to Corbie park for a mid week Scottish Premier Division match but had a more important Guest as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took her seat in the stand. As a big supporter of the Dale the First Minister tries to attend as many of the club’s games as she can and was giving a standing ovation from all four corners of the ground, Sitting only a few feet away was the more glum figure of Manager Simon Darwin, Banned from the touchline for 3 games for his part in the half time altercation at Ibrox at the weekend.
Glendale had picked up a few injuries from their first 2 games and Ryan McRae replaced John Cameron while Russel MacPhee came in for Chris Riddoch and it was RYAN McRAE who opened the scoring with only 2 minutes on the clock when he rose above Easton to meet Steven Middleton’s corner and head powerfully past Fon Williams. A slick move down the left between Craig McRae and Danny Lechner opened up the Accies defence again but Fon Williams dived low to his left to deflect a shot from Mark Robb past for yet another corner. Dale were dominating and who else but the man of the moment, JAMES McMAHON should double their lead. McMahon picked up the ball on the left side ,drifted inside and from 22 yards unleashed a right foot drive which dipped just under the bar to give Fon Williams no chance. Hamilton had barely been seen as an attacking force until a quick break upfield saw Oakley snatch at a chance which Henderson was relieved to see drift wide. It was a rare foray forward by the visitors however and on 33 minutes Dale virtually wrapped up the points when MacPhee and Middleton combined and Middleton’s cross was pin point onto the head of MARK ROBB to score with a downward header.
The second half was a much more relaxed affair with Dale content to keep possession although Robb should have done better when clean through only to blast his effort over the bar. DANNY LECHNER showed him how it’s done moments later when he collected a through ball from Craig McRae to find himself through on goal and calmly lift the ball over the advancing Fon Williams to make it 4. Michael Bruce was introduced for Middleton and Jamie Dryburgh replaced Ryan McRae but with 5 minutes left Hamilton grabbed a consolation after slack play by Ross Yule allowed OAKLEY to score.
3 games down and 3 victories under their belt things couldn’t be any better for Glendale and sets things up nicely for this weekends eagerly anticipated derby against Aberdeen which has been sold out for weeks.
R McRae Yule Thomson Reith
Middleton MacPhee Lechner CMcRae