The first third is best forgotten as we were completely ineffective. Our first shot of any note came in the second thirty minutes, when a twenty-five yard drive by Ardley which was heading for the top corner was tipped over, and our first offside occurred shortly afterwards. We were thankful to be going in level at half-time.
The double substitution was welcomed like a rain shower after years of drought. Amid all the fuss over Anthony McNamee, we shouldn’t neglect to mention Jamie Hand. Apart from the obligatory booking for a needless hack, he immediately gave the midfield some much-needed oomph, if nothing else…and it cannot have been coincidental that we began to see Micah Hyde again at around the same time.