Hamilton made it six SPFL Development League home wins in seven matches with a battling 3-0 win against Rangers on a drizzly night at New Douglas Park. The scoreline did not reflect the contest as a whole, however, as Rangers more than matched the hosts.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton was watching on from the stands as a Jesus Garcia Tena penalty and an owl goal from Jason Krones put Hamilton 2-0 up at the break before Steven Boyd added a third with a close range finish.
Both sides passed the ball around in abundance in the opening fifteen minutes, but both lacked any cutting edge in front of goal.
Hamilton took the lead in the 17th minute with the first real attack of the game. Jamie Mills brought Greg Docherty, who had a clear sight on goal, down in the area and the referee awarded a spot kick. Garcia Tena made no mistake, sending Robby McCrorie the wrong way.
Hamilton extended their lead in the 21st minute. A long diagonal ball from Docherty found Ben Reilly in space on left as he charged to the edge of the box. He picked out Steven Boyd inside the area who unselfishly tried pulling it back to Reilly for a tap in, but it fell into the path of Jason Krones who deflected the ball into his own net.
Rangers fought back and should have got back into the contest. Jordan Gibson turned Shaun Want in the area, but his shot destined for the bottom corner was blocked by Garcia Tena.
They went close again - this time a delightful through-ball from Scott Roberts played Luke Burt in on goal, but he lacked composure and his effort narrowly drifted over Alex Marshall’s crossbar.