Hamilton Accies suffered one of the worst results in their history after being stunned by West of Scotland League side Auchinleck Talbot in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Stuart Taylor's men crashed out at the first hurdle to suffer a defeat that eclipses 2001's second round exit away to Highland League Buckie Thistle when Accies were in the Third Division.

The West of Scotland League Premier leaders play four tiers below full-time Accies in the Scottish pyramid system but they belied that gulf at Beechwood Park to claim a deserved victory through Graham Wilson's second half strike.

Angry Accies fans could be seen voicing their fury towards the coaching team towards the end of the game, while some fans waved players away at full time as they went to applaud the travelling support.

Hamilton head coach Stuart Taylor

Talbot, who knocked Ayr United out of the competition two years ago, completed another giant killing as Accies lost their third game on the bounce.

A terrifpic double save from Talbot keeper Andrew Leishman denied Kyle Munro and Andy Ryan right at the start of the second half after Talbot had been denied by a good stop from Joe Hilton.

Accies seemed to have got away with one when Mihai Popescu looked to have felled Jamie Glasgow in the box in the first half.

But Tommy Sloan's Talbot found the breakthrough to pull off one of the shocks of the round.

Stuart Taylor fielded a surprisingly young side for a cup with banana skin written all over it, making five changes from last week’s defeat to Partick Thistle in the Championship.

Ben Stirling, Ronan Hughes, Munro, Marley Redfern and Matthew Shiels all came into the starting 11, with Shiels making his debut following an injury-hit spell since his summer arrival. Kieran MacDonald, Josh Mullin, Lewis Smith and David Moyo dropped to the bench while there was no place in the squad for skipper Brian Easton.

Jamie Hamilton started on the bench after coming off with chest pains in the draw with Arbroath at the start of the month.

Leading the line for Talbot was former Ayr United striker - and one-time Albion Rovers loanee - Mark Shankland.

Taylor said in his pre-match press conference he expected a "fiery" encounter and Jamie Glasgow certainly made Accies aware of his presence in the opening moments, picking up a booking for a trample on the ankle of Scott Martin.

Talbot's Jamie Glasgow fouls Scott Martin early on

Accies created the first opening after six minutes when Martin's ball over the top of the Talbot defence found Ryan but he fired over from inside the box.

Talbot then had a huge chance of their own moments later when Robbie McCracken's ball down the right picked out Jamie Glasgow. His cross to the far post found Kieran Healy and, thankfully for Accies, he scuffed his shot into the grateful arm of Joe Hilton.

In 10 minutes Hilton was forced into a fine stop to deny Glasgow. A great bit of counter attacking saw Talbot break from a corner, with Glasgow switching it to Mark Shankland and he then superbly returned the favour to pick him out as darted into the box. Hilton, however, got across well to turn his volley behind.

Auchinleck's Jamie Glasgow has his shot well saved by Joe Hilton

Shaun Want produced a goal-saving block in 26 minutes to deny Talbot's Graham Wilson the opener after another flowing move cut the visitors open.

In 29 minutes Ryan was presented with another opportunity he will feel he should have done better with. He was slipped in on the edge of the box, but could only pass his effort into the arms of Leishman as he attempted to curl the ball into the far corner.

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Talbot were screaming for a penalty in the 33rd minute when Mihai Popescu - who was at fault for the goal Accies lost in their defeat to Partick last week - appeared to clip the heels of Glasgow. It looked a clear foul but referee Matthew MacDermid was unaffected by the huge shouts from the Beechwood Park faithful and the sides went in level at the break.

Hamilton's Shaun Want (left) shields the ball during the clash with Talbot

Just 30 seconds into the second half Accies were denied the lead by a stunning double save from Leishman. Kyle Munro took a pop from 30 yards out and the strike was swerving towards the top corner before Leishman clawed it away. Ryan pounced on the rebound but Leishman receovered superbly to get down low and block a fierce strike at his near post.

And that proved the turning point, as on the hour mark Talbot took the lead.

Substitute Keir Samson's long thrown from the right was nodded on by Gareth Armstrong and Wilson was on hand to sweeep the ball into the net to leave Accies with a real uphill battle.

Taylor responded by introducing David Moyo into the fray in place of Marley Redfern, but it was Talbot who looked more like to get the game's second goal as the pace of Samson down the right continued to cause them problems.

There were a few more scary moments before Ryan dragged a strike wide seven minutes from time.

In the 88th minute a big chance fell to Moyo from Stirling's cross but he headed his effort onto the roof of the net and Talbot held out for a famous win.

Accies are in cup action again on Tuesday night when they host Kilmarnock in the quarter-final of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

AUCHINLECK: Leishman, Wilson, C McCracken, R McCcracken, McPherson, Wilson, Armstrong, Glasgow (Samson 57), Healy, Shankland (Boyd 70), Boylan (McDowall 88).

Scorers: Wilson 60

Bookings: Glasgow

Subs not used: Lyle, Hewitt, White, Mason, Hyslop, Stafford.

HAMILTON: Hilton, Popescu, Want, Stirling, Shiels, Martin (Virtanen 73), Munro, Redfern (Moyo 63), Mimnaugh, Hughes (Smith 77), Ryan.

Bookings: Moyo

Subs not used: May, Matheson, MacDonald, Winter, Hamilton, Mullin.

Ref: Matthew MacDermid

HT: 0-0

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