Hamilton came so close to a much-needed win against Ross County but it wasn’t to be as they were denied by a late goal to leave them two points off the foot of the league table having played a game more than Hearts, Hearts and St. Mirren below them.

After the midweek thrashing by Rangers, County were right out of the traps and it took them less than a minute to open the scoring through Billy McKay and prompt a furious response from the home support.

Brian Rice’s side looked utterly bereft of confidence in the opening exchanges and were making Ross County look like Galacticos before finally starting to get a foothold on the game and getting forward.

Lewis Smith had Accies’ first real chance of the game when he found a yard of space at the edge of the box but fired his shot wide of the post and really should have done a bit better.

The hosts seemed to shake their early malaise off and started probing the County defence but, despite a succession of corners, couldn’t test Ross Laidlaw in goal.

Aaron McGowan of Hamilton has a shot at goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Hamilton at Tynecastle park on 31 August, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The game started to lose its shape after around 30 minutes with a number of silly tackles on both sides ad individual errors seeing possession yo-yo between both Hamilton and Ross County.

As the first-half wore on, neither dugout was particularly impressed with their side’s performance but it was Hamilton who were looking most likely to make something happen – even if it was a pretty remote chance,

That said, it was County who went closest to scoring before the break when Lee Erwin slipped in Ross Stewart but he couldn’t get his effort on target and it went just wide of the post.

When referee Colin Steven blew for half-time it was met by a cacophony of boos as the home fans voiced their displeasure with the opening 45.

Coach Steven Ferguson of Ross County during the friendly match between FC Utrecht and Ross County at Sportpark Thorbecke on July 06, 2018 in Utrecht, The Netherland

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It was the hosts who started the second-half on top as Hamilton found themselves with the bulk of the early possession after the restart before Steve Davis went agonisingly close with a free-kick to breathe new life into the crowd.

Accies finally found an equaliser through Lewis Smith after he beat Richard Foster before firing beyond Laidlaw at the near post from 12 yards out.

The referee bizarrely made himself centre of attention when he decided to book George Oakley for diving in the area despite the striker clearly stumbling and not claiming for any foul.

Accies then turned the game around after dominating the opening quarter of an hour of the second-half when Oakley netted after 61 minutes.

It was nothing short of what Hamilton deserved after the break and will have delighted Brian Rice.

Lewis Smith of Hamilton and Aidan White of Hearts compete for the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Hamilton at Tynecastle park on 31 August, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The introduction of Davis at half-time really seemed to give Hamilton much more attacking impetus and the midfielder showed some fantastic nous to really pick apart the County midfield.

There was an unsavoury incident involving County’s Richard Foster as the game neared its conclusion when he appeared to stamp on a Hamilton player but the referee and both his officials never saw anything untoward.

County tried to get back into the game as Hamilton tired but barely tested Fon-Williams in the Accies goal and really didn’t offer anywhere near enough in the search for an equaliser.

There was late drama though as County finally pulled level with four minutes on the clock as substitute Brian Graham finished off a neat move and left Fon-Williams helpless.

With second left Hamilton were reduced to 10 men after Scott Martin was shown a red card.

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