Faulty finishing on the part of the Aberdeen forwards was mainly responsible for the loss of a point to Hamilton Academicals in a goal-less draw at Pittodrie. Despite the snowfall, the pitch was in wonderful condition, but a snowstorm blowing across the pitch from the south-east was calculated to adversely affect the play, players and spectators, the latter of whom there were about 11,000.
In the first the Academicals had the advantages that accrued from having the wind and snow-storm behind them, but their forwards could make little of the Aberdeen defence, with result that the home attack was the more lively, and, in conjunction with the half-backs, carried out some moves which were really brilliant considering the adverse circumstances. White, the Academicals goalkeeper, had to clear many shots from Miller, and Rankine, and other efforts were either blocked or charged down by his supporters. For a period previous to the interval the Academicals attack shone, and but for brilliant goalkeeping by Blackwell they would have scored. He deflected a hard close-range drive from Bell over the bar, twice punched away from Hanlon, and gathered and cleared from McLaren when that player was but a few yards from goal. Blackwell showed fine judgment in dealing with a dangerous effort by Cottingham, and it was in recognition of his fine play that spectators accorded him an ovation at half-time.
Having kept their goal while facing the gale, it was generally considered that Aberdeen had the game as good as won at the interval, but those who thought so reckoned without two factors, the plucky and determined defence put up by the Douglas Park rear divisions and the lack of good shooting ability on the part of the home forwards. Play was generally in the vicinity of White's goal, but while chances galore presented themselves, the Aberdeen forwards were unequal to them, even if White had many excellent saves. Repeatedly shots that looked like counting were changed down or blocked, but lack of accuracy lost many other chances. It was only seldom that the Academicals were dangerous, Hanlon usually being the source from which trouble to the Aberdeen defence came. On the balance of play, Academicals were extremely fortunate to save a point, because they were outplayed for about five-sixths of the game. Aberdeen were best served by all the defence, in which Forsyth especially was conspicuous, and Thomson, Bainbridge, and Middleton. Outstanding for the visitors were White, Kerr, Hunter, Anderson, and Hanlon.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 6th February 1922