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Dunfermline 1 Hamilton 0: Accies suffer setback against basement club

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A Ryan Dow goal was enough split Dunfermline and Hamilton as the Pars ran out 1-0 winners in a tight Championship affair.Matthew Todd and Mihai Popescu had big chances within the first 15 minutes to put their respective sides ahead.But it was Dow's close-range strike before half-time which broke the deadlock after spell of attacking Pars dominance and Matthew Shiels' brilliant blocked denied their second goal.Head coach Stuart Taylor's side came back into things after half-time but were unable to score the goal they needed.It's a setback for the New Douglas Park club after a run of one defeat in six matches.

They are still sixth and Dunfermline remain bottom, but a gap of six points now exists between the pair.Accies made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Partick Thistle last weekend, Brian Easton and Marley Redfern out for Reegan Mimnaugh and Ronan Hughes.Dunfermline headed into this game bottom of the league after a 5-0 humbling off relegation rivals Morton but made just one change from the side, Mark Connolly in at centre-back for Lewis Martin.Popescu should have put Hamilton after just two minutes.

Dunfermline didn't deal with an Accies cross, giving the Romanian a free shot at goal, but it trundled into the arms of Owain Fon Williams from all of three yards out.Taylor's men were cutting through John Hughes' at every opportunity and hit the opposition box with a barrage of Mimnaugh corners.Popescu was given another go from one but this shot on nine minutes was more difficult and just as easy for Fon Williams to collect.Up the other end and new Accies defender Daniel O'Reilly was let off the hook on 11 minutes.His botched clearance eventually bundled its way to Todd, who's shot trundled under goalkeeper Joe

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