Technically the new season started with the open game against Spennymoor Town or was it the Oban tournament? But my season started with a trip to New Bayview to see Accies take on East Fife. This was a game that showed the benefits of a settled team as the Accies starting line up was probably as near our strongest starting eleven and East Fife; well they demonstrated a team in progress! This was my first visit to New Bayview and it is a lot like Dumbarton’s ground with a single stand accommodating all fans and a concrete wall around the other 3. However it is more than fit for purpose and the steak pies are quite good as well.
I joined just over 60 Accies fans for this game sitting in the summer sun although as the sun shines on the back of the stand it was a cool 19 degrees where I was situated. The game was all but over in less than 10 minutes as that was all it took for James Keatings to score a hat trick. A free kick, a strike within the box and a penalty made up his goals. Some how I think he just might be the surprise signing of the season. Fingers crossed. He added a fourth in the second half to finish the scoring for Accies at 4 – 0,Kevin Cuthbert keeping another clean sheet. East Fife looked a poor lot but to be fair they had 3 trialists in the team and look like a team that is struggling to know each other.
Alex substituted himself at half time and it will be interesting to see how his player manager role pans out. The only downside was Canning being substituted on 20 minutes. He left the pitch clutching the back of his right leg and obviously has an injury. Hopefully not too serious and it will clear up in time for the competitive season. On this performance we have a settled team that will cause all the other teams in the First problems. Are they league winners? Lets just wait and see.