Martin Canning has demanded a major improvement from his Hamilton side as they head into the last game of the season at Motherwell. Accies all-but secured Premiership status for a record fifth successive season on Tuesday, but in defeat as they lost 2-1 at home to St Johnstone while rivals Partick Thistle and Ross County also lost. That leaves Canning’s side in a position where they can’t be overtaken on points by Thistle and it would take a 14-goal swing to land them in the play-off. Should Accies remain in the top flight – which looks likely – Canning says it would be a major achievement in a season that has been difficult for everybody at the club. They’ve lost players such as Greg Docherty, Ioannis Skondras and Michael Devlin, while the club were scammed of nearly £1million and their main sponsor SuperSeal went bust. Canning had mixed emotions after the game, but the sense of disappointment was palpable. He said: “Ultimately, if we can get … [Read more...] about Hamilton boss Martin Canning demands improvement from his side
Police officers searching a man for drugs in Hamilton found a knife instead. Christopher Crainer (31), a prisoner, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday and admitted illegal possession of the blade in Shawburn Street on February 7. He had been given bail on another charge just two days earlier. Vish Kathuria, prosecuting, said officers were speaking to people regarding another matter just before noon when Crainer approached. The fiscal explained: “He mumbled something towards the officers. He was slurring his words and making no sense. FACEBOOK: Join in the chat with thousands of our followers “He was informed he was being searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was asked if he had anything that could harm the officers and produced a knife with a two-and-a-half-inch blade from his trousers pocket.” Sentence was deferred until May 25 and Crainer was remanded in custody. Read More Top stories in the Hamilton Advertiser … [Read more...] about Hamilton man caught with knife while on bail
Lewis Hamilton raised the bar for this week's Spanish Grand Prix by setting the fastest time in second practice on Friday. Hamilton was beaten to top spot by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the opening session, but the reigning champion ended the day fastest at Barcelona's sun-bathed Circuit de Catalunya. The British driver's best effort of one minute and 18.259 seconds enabled him to edge out Daniel Ricciardo by less than two tenths with his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen third. Ricciardo crashed out of opening practice earlier on Friday after he lost control of his Red Bull at Turn 4 and slid helplessly across the gravel and into the barriers. But following repairs to his car, the Australian, backed up by Verstappen, ran Hamilton close enough to suggest Red Bull have the credentials to take the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari. Ferrari rarely show their true pace on Friday and Sebastian Vettel, who trails Hamilton by four points in the championship, … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes lay down marker in Spanish GP practice… but how much are Ferrari holding back?
A satisfied, if subdued, Lewis Hamilton topped the times for resurgent Mercedes in Friday afternoon’s second free practice for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the world championship leader heading the Red Bull pairing after a closely-contested session. The defending four-time champion set his best time of one minute and 18.259 seconds on a set of ‘soft’ tyres -– rather than the usually faster ‘super-soft’ tyres -– as he regained a competitive edge at a windswept Circuit de Catalunya where team-mate Valtteri Bottas had earlier topped the opening practice. “It was pretty good overall," said Hamilton. "We got through all our running and we were quite fast compared to previous years, but we've still got some work to do overnight. “It was so windy out there and every driver was struggling with the changing direction of the wind. When it is like that you are arriving at each corner and the wind direction is never the same. So, we … [Read more...] about Subdued Hamilton tops charts in windswept Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton has admitted he must start punching above his weight in order to deliver a knockout blow to Sebastian Vettel in this year’s championship race.Hamilton will head into the Spanish Grand Prix with a four-point title lead over his rival.Far from the Mercedes’ dominance, which the sport has become accustomed to in recent years, it is Vettel’s Ferrari team which have boasted the most complete package this term.But the return to western Europe heralds the start of F1’s development race, and on the evidence of practice at the Circuit de Catalunya it is Mercedes who appear to have taken the greater strides.While Ferrari and Red Bull have also brought a series of upgrades to Spain, Valtteri Bottas topped the time sheets in the opening 90-minute session before Hamilton then led the way later in the day.Mercedes’ renewed form is likely to come as some relief to Hamilton.While the Englishman departed Azerbaijan leading this year’s title race for … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton: Leading championship means nothing at this stage