Freak goal ends Rovers winless run

4412002 SSFF hamilton raith 'Joe Hamill & Jon Routledge - Hamilton Accies against Raith Rovers at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
4412002 SSFF hamilton raith 'Joe Hamill & Jon Routledge - Hamilton Accies against Raith Rovers at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
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A BIZARRE winning goal from captain Allan Walker ended Raith Rovers’ five-game winless run at Hamilton on Saturday.

The midfielder struck just seconds before half-time with a close-range effort that hit the bar and bounced well over the line before spinning back out.

However, the match officials appeared uncertain over whether to award the goal until Hamilton defender Mikey Devlin smashed the ball into his own net in frustration.

A relieved Walker said: “It hit the bar, bounced off the plastic at the back of the goals, and came back out.

“I didn’t realise until after the game that the referee didn’t know if it was in or not. It’s well in, I’ve seen it.

“It’s just one of those freak things but I’m happy with another goal, and it’s a great three points.

“We needed the victory because we’ve not had one for a few weeks.”

The match was a poor advert for division one as the quality of football on show left a lot to be desired.

After watching his team drop points very late in previous games this season, Raith boss Grant Murray was simply relieved to get the win.

“At 1-0 it’s always dangerous,” he said. “This league is so tight that one goal sometimes isn’t enough – as we’ve found out in previous weeks.

“But we defended well as a team, and soaked up the pressure. There wasn’t lots of chances in game, but we took the one that mattered and it’s got us the win.

“It’s good just to get back to winning ways and getting points away from home is huge.”