Millennium Champions: Three and easy

Last updated : 21 October 2009 By Stuart Gillespie

We'd struggled against Ayr on the opening day of the league season, battering them but only taking a point. However, back then we didn't have Basher. Now we did - and he was linking up with big Yards beautifully.

It took less than 13 minutes for the rather large strikers to get things going. Yardley battled an Ayr defender for a cross from Hugh Murray and when the ball fell to Basher, he smacked a superb volley into the top corner.

It only took another quarter of an hour for the second to arrive, Yards scoring from the spot (a rarity, even in these free scoring days) after Ian Ross had been fouled.

Ayr then passed up some good chances to score, Ludovic Roy and some frantic Saints defending keeping the honest men at bay, and just after the break it was game over. Shuggy was once again the provider, punting a long ball for Yards to race, well waddle, on to and chip the comedy keeper that is Craig Nelson.

After that it was plain sailing, leaving us top of the league. Second placed Dunfermline dropped two points at Inverness, not exactly ideal preparation for their tough trip to Love Street the following week.

To cap a beautiful day, it turned out after the game that Saints were close to agreeing a deal with Hibs to keep Basher at the club permanently. Happy days.