Graeme Murray put Bearsden in front before Stewart McKenzie equlised for Accies, but the Dumbarton side couldn’t find a winner Accies started the match on the front foot forcing three corners in the opening five minutes. The first corner saw a great cross from Alan Sweeney met by Andrew MacDonald — whose close range header was saved by a strong hand from Kenny Nicol.

The resultant corner saw Paul McGlinchey’s inswinger headed over the bar by Bearsden defender James Robertson from under his own bar. The next corner was cleared to the edge of the box — where an Alan Sweeney goalbound shot was deflected clear.

Incredibly, Bearsden then scored from their first attack. A tempting cross from John Dillon arrived at Graeme Murrays head — the midfielder finished well, aided by hesitancy within Accies rearguard.

Accies Alan Filshie then had two efforts within two minutes — both failing to trouble Nicol as they were off target.

Just after the half hour Accies equalised with the best move of the game. An excellent interchange passing move in midfield saw Andrew MacDonald release Stewart McKenzie — who produced a shot befitting the move from an acute angle 15 yards out. A very good team goal.

Accies raised the tempo of the game in the second half — and but for bad luck would have won the game.

The first sign it was not going to be their day came on 52 minutes when a cross into the box was met by David Goodwin — whose header had beaten everyone but struck the bar and came back out.

On 65 minutes Bearsden had their best chance of the second half. John Dillon’s shot was blocked and the resultant scramble in the box saw Accies breathe a sigh of relief as the ball could have landed anywhere.

This brought an immediate response from Accies management as they brought on Alan Nicholson and Graeme Ramage.

With 15 minutes to go a through ball released Ramage. Having beat his defender his shot was blocked by Nicol.

A couple of minutes later the former Dumbarton man put in a tempting cross which Accies front line failed to attack at the near post.

With the match then going into injury time, and Accies piling the pressure on, a Tom McHard 20 yard volley cracked of the bar with Nicol beaten.

The Caledonian League have granted Accies application to have no game on March 28 as various players are unavailable.

Accies have a scheduled midweek game on Wednesday, April 8 at home against Bearsden.