Livingston moved two points clear of Hibs in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership after picking up three points with a 4-2 win over Hamilton at the Fountain of Youth Stadium – leaving Accies to drop down to 11th in the table and facing a real fight for their Premiership skin.

Livi boss Gary Holt made three changes to his side from the midweek win over St. Johnstone, with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair coming into the side for Steve Lawson, Craig Sibbald in for Keighan Jacobs and Aymen Souda replacing Scott Robinson, while the hosts had to replace George Oakley & Brian Easton through injury, as Sam Woods came into the side to make his Accies debut.

The first real chance of the afternoon fell to the hosts after some good work down the left created a crossing opportunity but Marios Ogkmpoe couldn’t get his header on target.

Accies continued to cause problems for Livi and took the lead 14 minutes in through Shaun Want after Ogkmpoe’s cut-back wasn’t cleared properly and Want slid the ball home.

The lead only lasted around a minute, however, as Livi immediately surged forward, winning a corner which Accies failed to clear and Craig Sibbald fired beyond Fon-Williams to level the score with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

Hamilton v Livingston

(Photo by James Black)

After two goals in little over a minute, the game settled into a bit more of a regular rhythm as both sides looked to take control of possession and work their way through the opposition defence and carve open an opportunity to grab a second.

It was Livi who looked the more likely of the two to make something happen, with Sibbald pulling the strings in midfield, but a distinct lack of quality in the final third let the West Lothian side down.

Gary Holt’s side then fired themselves ahead through Aaron Taylor-Sinclair after he headed home Jack McMillan’s cross from close-range to leave the home fans furious – with some calling for Accies gaffer Brian Rice to make an immediate change and replace the less-than-impressive Fon-Williams.

The goal came a little bit against the run of play, with Hamilton having plenty of possession without really making it count, as Livi took advantage of slack defending and poor goalkeeping to take the lead.

Accies continued to push forward and almost got themselves back level through Mickel Miller just before the break but some last-ditch defending by Livingston managed to avert the danger and get the Lions in at the break 2-1 up.

Neither side made any changes at the break and it was Hamilton who had control of the game in the early stages following the restart but were almost caught out by a long ball before clearing their lines.

Rice was first to turn to his bench as he introduced Blair Alston for Lewis Smith with an hour played, with Accies looking to push on and get themselves back on level terms.

Seconds after the change, Accies were back level as Crystal Palace loanee Sam Woods headed home after Robby McCrorie could only palm the ball out from a corner but Woods was first to react and breathe new life into the home support.

Referee Bobby Madden then done Bobby Madden things by pointing to the penalty spot after an apparent handball by a Hamilton defender which was cooly despatched by Stevie Lawless.

The penalty appeared to really take the wind out of Hamilton’s sails and the visitors doubled their advantage on 67 minutes as Scott Pittman finished from Lyndon Dykes’ cutback, leaving Fon-Williams grasping at air.

There was a bizarre moment for Livi soon after as Aymen Souda was replaced by Scott Robinson before battering the ball up the tunnel on his way off the pitch, winning himself a booking – and likely a post-match bollocking from Gary Holt – in the process as he stormed into the dressing room without even acknowledging the bench.

Hamilton looked bereft of ideas to find a way back into the game after Pittman’s striker and despite plenty of effort in midfield, really struggled to cause any problems for McCrorie.

A string of changes by both sides took any real flow out the game as Holt’s men looked happy to just sit and see the game out and pick up three points and strengthen their grip on fifth place in the Premiership.


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