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Saturday, 4th Dec 2021

cinch Championship (away) v Hamilton Academical, Saturday 4th December 2021 kick off 3.00pm at New Douglas Park

Following Hamilton Academical’s relegation from the Premiership this Saturday’s match will be the first league match for the Fifers at New Douglas Park since February 2013. Dunfermline are unbeaten in their last three visits but the two wins in season 2012-2013 were their first away to Hamilton since 1995.

The first meeting this season at East End Park in October ended in a 0-0 draw.

Milestones Hamilton Academicals (Away)
Last Victory | 09/02/13 | 2-1 | First Division
Last Defeat | 09/02/08 | 0-3 | First Division
Best Victory | 13/11/65 | 6-2 | Division 1*
Worst Defeat | 18/10/52 | 1-7 | Division 2*
First Meeting | 12/03/27 | 2-2 | Division 1*
*Pre league reconstruction

Over the past twelve matches between Dunfermline and Hamilton, the Pars have won only two, lost five with five games ending all square.

Last Twelve Matches v Hamilton

25/09/21 | H | D | 0-0 | Championship
14/02/17 | A | D | 1-1 | Scottish Cup
11/02/17 | H | D | 1-1 | Scottish Cup
06/04/13 | H | L | 2-3 | First Division
09/02/13 | A | W | 2-1 | First Division
02/02/13 | H | L | 0-2 | Scottish Cup
15/12/12 | H | D | 1-1 | First Division
29/09/12 | A | W | 3-0 | First Division
11/03/08 | H | D | 1-1 | First Division
09/02/08 | A | L | 0-3 | First Division
20/10/07 | H | L | 0-5 | First Division
04/08/07 | A | L | 1-2 | First Division

Last time at New Douglas Park
Scottish Cup Fifth Round Replay
Tuesday 14th February 2017

Just three days after the sides fought out a 1-1 draw at East End Park the replay was played on Valentines Night. For a long period in the match it looked like the lower league club would cause a cup upset but a late equaliser followed by stalemate in extra time led to penalties which were to be the Pars downfall. Hamilton Accies secured a Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Rangers as Dunfermline Athletic failed to net any penalties.

The Fifers looked the more likely to find the opener and it duly came from a 25th minute corner forced by McMullan on the left. Hamilton lost out to their poor defending, Lee Ashcroft had two attempts before MORRIS poked the ball home. 0-1

With just three minutes of the tie remaining Morris took down McMann and there was no doubt about the penalty decision. BINGHAM stepped up and crashed in the equaliser. 1-1

Hamilton won the penalty shoot out 3-0 after efforts from McCabe, Paton and Reilly were all saved.

HAMILTON ACCIES: Remi Matthews: Danny Seaborne (Massimo Donati 29), Michael Devlin (c), Grant Gillespie (Ioannis Skondras 68), Gramoz Kurtaj (Eamonn Brophy 54): Dougie Imrie, Darian MacKinnon, Craig Watson, Scott McMann, Daniel Redmond, Rakish Bingham (Ross Cunningham 115)
SUBS NOT USED: Blair Adams, Ronan Hughes, Gary Woods (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Callum Morris, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Paul McMullan (Michael Paton 96), John Herron, Nat Wedderburn, Kallum Higginbotham (Joe Cardle 96): Nicky Clark (Gavin Reilly 69), Michael Moffat (Rhys McCabe 83)
SUBS NOT USED: David Hopkirk, Stuart Morrison, David Hutton (GK)

Recent Form

Hamilton have won only one of their last nine games and lost their last four. Their fortunes looked to have changed when an 86th minute penalty from former Pars striker Andy Ryan made it 2-1 against Kilmarnock in Tuesday night’s SPFLTrust Trophy match only for Tommy Wright’s side to hit two late goals to inflict the knock out on Accies.

Hamilton have lost the most goals of any Championship side and have conceded 16 times in their 8 home league games this season.

Dunfermline have won their last two league games but suffered a setback with defeat to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup last Friday night.

Last six matches

Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) W 3-0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle (A) W 2-1
Morton (H) L 1-3
Arbroath (A) L 2-4
Raith Rovers (H) D 1-1

Kilmarnock (H) L 2-3
Auchinleck Talbot (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Raith Rovers (H) L 0-3
Arbroath (H) D 1-1
Morton (A) D 1-1

League Record

League Position: 6th
League Points: 13
Goal Difference: -9
League Record: P15 W2 D7 L6 GF15 GA24
Last Six Match Form: DLLWWL

League Position: 8th
League Points: 13
Goal Difference: -16
League Record: P15 W3 D4 L8 GF13 GA29
Last Six Match Form: DDLLLL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle):
Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Vytas Gašpuitis, Josh Edwards: Kyle Macdonald, Matthew Todd (Nikolay Todorov 68), Graham Dorrans (c), Dom Thomas (Kevin O’Hara 83): Ryan Dow, Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Graham, Craig Wighton, Ian Wilson, Dan Pybus, Paul Allan, Reece Cole, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

SPFL Trophy on Tuesday:
HAMILTON (v Kilmarnock)Joe Hilton: Shaun Want (Ben Stirling 22 (Luke Matheson 45),Jamie Hamilton (Matthew Shields 73), Brian Easton, Kieran Macdonald, Regan Mimnaugh, Andy Ryan, Josh Mullin, Miko Virtanen (Scott Martin 54), Lewis Smith, David Moyo
SUBS NOT USED: Ronan Hughes, Andy Winter, Kyle Munro, Cammy May,

Scottish Cup on Saturday:
HAMILTON (v Auchinleck Talbot): Ryan Fulton: Luke Matheson, Shaun Want (Brian Easton 77), Mihai Popescu, Kieran MacDonald: Regan Mimnaugh: Lewis Smith (Adam McGowan 73), Lewis Spence (Miko Virtanen 27), Josh Mullin, Marley Redfern: Andy Ryan (c).
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Munro, George Stanger, Ronan Hughes, Joe Hilton (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures

Inverness Caley Thistle v Kilmarnock (Friday)
Arbroath v Raith Rovers
Morton v Ayr United
Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

14/02/17: Hamilton Academical 1 Dunfermline 1

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