Darlo 0 Hamilton 0
by Scott Thornberry - 22nd July 2009
After two fixtures against Sunderland and Newcastle respectively the visit of Hamilton Academicals gave Colin Todd the chance to see if his team could defend better than of late. Conceeding 11 goals in the two games could be soul destroying but the fact that the games were against big name teams then they can be forgiven.
But, fans and Todd himself, have expressed their concerns over the left and right back positions and the line up on Wednesday evening did not feature Craig James or Ben Starosta. Both players did not even feature on the subs bench either, their places were taken by Paul Arnison and new trialist Mark Bower.
photo: Les Hodge
But even before kick off things literally kicked off when a drunken lad thought he could take on the world and managed to virtually take on all of the stewards before finally being taken from the stand horizontally, slightly bizarre and such a waste of a tenner.
The match kicked off infront of a very small crowd, 565, not surprising really considering it was a tenner to get in. The pissed up lout in the stands was the pre match entertainment. To be honest it was kind of concerning as the stewards seemed scared of him and most of them were getting on a bit. I almost felt that I should do something due to the fact that an elderly steward was trying to ask him to leave but the lad was punching the steward whilst otther stewards just looked on. Totally bizarre but did give a lesson to my two kids who were with me, that is what happens when you drink white star son!
After the recent circus of the black cats and barcodes it was actually good to see two teams of equal quality, The Quakers were more than a match for the Scottish Premiership side but both teams were hardly pushing themselves. The main positions that most will have been interested in were the defenders and the combination of Ian Miller and Matty Plummer was proving to be a nice pairing. Add the fact that the left and right back could also hold their own then things were certainly looking up. Colin Todd was also giving former Shrewsbury striker Nick Chadwick a trial upfront alongside Lee Thorpe.
For the majority of the game there wasn't much to report but Colin Todds team were passing the ball around the pitch but were struggling to penetrate up front though with Lee Thorpe showing some poor first touch control on several occasions.
For some reason a group of Arsenal youth players (I mean about 13 year old youth) had turned up to watch the game. They were supporting Hamiltons number 4, hopefully somebody can tell me what that was all about because I couldn't work it out.
David Knight was on hand to pull of a great reaction save late on in the game but apart from that he had very little to do. Infact it was the Accies keeper who was the busier of the two and was on hand to ull of several great saves.
Next home friendly is Middlesbrough a week today (wed).