Scottish Premiership
HamiltonHamilton Academical1MotherwellMotherwell0
By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Dougie Imrie (left) headed the only goal of the game for Hamilton

Hamilton Accies retained their recent upper hand on their Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell, securing victory in a closely contested encounter.

Dougie Imrie's looping header proved the difference between the teams.

The result moves Accies six points clear of their opponents and continues a long unbeaten home run, now stretching to nine games.

Motherwell's lack of goalscoring threat once again proved to be their downfall as they fall to 10th.

Only bottom side Partick Thistle have scored fewer than Ian Baraclough's side, with the two set to meet at Fir Park next weekend.

In truth, this was a game of few chances at either end, but crucially Imrie took one of those created by Accies.

Antons Kurakins swung in a deep cross from the left and the winger climbed above Joe Chalmers to head past Motherwell goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

The visitors had survived two big scares in the first period, which was otherwise low on thrills.

Lucas Tagliapietra thought he had given Accies an early lead as he headed Ali Crawford's free kick into the net, but referee Craig Thomson awarded a foul for an infringement on Ripley.

And then, late in the half, Crawford hammered a left-foot shot off Ripley's bar from just outside the box.

Following Imrie's strike, Ripley did well to push away Greg Docherty's fierce shot, to keep Motherwell in the game.

But save for a late penalty shout for handball by Tagliapietra, they scarcely looked like salvaging anything from the match and on current form could be heading for another battle at the bottom end of the table.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 22LyonSubstituted forTenaat 76'minutes
  • 2Gordon
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 7Imrie
  • 6Gillespie
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 21DochertyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 84'minutes
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forNadeat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 17Longridge
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 6McManusBooked at 74mins
  • 16Kennedy
  • 15Chalmers
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 14LasleyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 77'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forThomasat 82'minutes
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 69'minutes
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Twardzik
  • 19Clarkson
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 77McDonald
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,325

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Christian Nade.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Christian Nade.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  8. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Greg Docherty.

  15. Post update

    Lucas (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

  18. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.