A difficult afternoon for Motherwell as the women of steel struggled to break down an organised Hamilton side, who came away with maximum points in a disappointing but momentous day at Fir Park.
Chloe Muir’s second half strike proved to be the difference in what was a frustrating afternoon for Motherwell in their first Fir Park appearance in over three years.
Following last weekend’s narrow 1-0 defeat to league leaders Rangers, Paul Brownlie made one change from the previous outing, with Carla Boyce replacing London Pollard who recently returned from international duty.
Looking to secure their third successive Lanarkshire derby victory this season, Motherwell started on the front foot and almost found themselves ahead after four minutes.
Katie Rice cut into the box with a darting run before picking out Lori Gardner with an enticing through ball, but the wingers drilled effort was superbly parried wide of the target by Nicolson.
Moments later, Carla Boyce brilliantly evaded her opponent with a skilful nutmeg before teeing up Kaela McDonald-Nguah at the edge of the box, but the forwards effort failed to trouble the keeper.
As the half time whistle loomed, Motherwell continued to flood the Hamilton penalty area in search of the opener.
Amy Anderson’s volley sailed into the path of Boyce deep into the Hamilton penalty area, but with the goal seemingly at her mercy, Nicolson reacted well to produce a vital last-ditch save.
With both sides level minutes into the second half, the visitors snatched a lead.
Lucy Sinclair skilfully worked her way to the edge of the box before curling a threatening delivery across the face of goal, and Muir was on hand to coolly divert her strike past Ramsay at the back post.
Motherwell toiled in the second half in search of a route back into the game, but despite their tireless efforts, the women of steel were unable to find the late equaliser that they truly deserved.
Paul Brownlie’s side will now look to rectify this result, as they travel to face sixth placed Spartans in a season-defining encounter at Ainslie Park