The new look Sons started their league campaign against Montrose today. Due to holidays and other commitments this is the first chance I’ve had to see many of the new boys in action. Whilst there were flashes of skill from Stevie Murray and Derek Carcary, Montrose had done their homework and by their tactics had pretty well snuffed out much of the threat from these two.
After half an hour of almost constant pressure from the home side which yielded nothing, Montrose got a corner which a bunch of blind schoolboys could have defended better – 1-0 to Montrose at half time. Just before the break one of several heavy tackles meant Sons’ Mark Canning leaving the field by stretcher.
Ross Clark (photo Donald Fullarton)
The away team’s physical approach earned them several bookings and it was no surprise when the equaliser came via the penalty spot, Montrose’s Jay Stein being red carded for his protests. Ross Clark it was who slotted away the spot kick.
In many ways it was familiar frustrations for the Sons fans but I feel that once Messrs Murray and Carcary and some of the other newbies bed in they can certainly improve on last season’s showing and hopefully mount a challenge for the title.
Dumbarton 1 Montrose 1
The ref was terrible.