I don’t have much time this morning.
Just enough to wish the Sons all the best in the play off second leg this afternoon at Arbroath.
Until the new year it looked as if the Sons, if they avoided outright relegation, could only look forward to being involved in the play offs at the wrong end of the second division.
Then however they went on a run of ten games undefeated and surged up the table. There were a few stutters after that but three victories and a draw amongst their last six games was enough to see them equal their best league finish (third place in the second division) since the move to the new stadium in 2000.
And so tonight they take on second placed Arbroath in the semi final first leg tie in the play offs for the first division.
Last week it was the 120th anniversary of Dumbarton’s outright winning of the Scottish League. It also saw the 40th anniversary of the 1971-72 second division championship win which took them to the top division for the first time in 50 years.
The runners up that season were tonight’s opponents Arbroath.
C’mon the Sons!
I’m a Jonah
I attended my last Sons match on December 10th at Albion Rovers.
The home side that day outplayed and outwitted Dumbarton.
A former carthorse once on Dumbarton’s books, contrived to look more than adequate that day and scored two goals in a 3-1 victory.
Since then Dumbarton have played three games against formidable opposition.
They have won all three, two by a 3-2 margin involving last-gasp goals by the talismanic Pat Walker.
I have supported Dumbarton FC for 42 years and if there are last minute goals involved in their matches they are generally to be recorded for the opposition. That’s how it has always seemed anyway.
Yesterday’s 3-2 victory was a comeback from 2-1 down to triumph away from home to Airdrie United and leaves the Sons in fourth, i.e. a play off spot.
This was a hard scenario to envisage at 4:50 pm on a cold driech day at Coatbridge.
I’m a Jonah.
Perhaps it’s just as well that the Boxing Day match at East Fife was postponed!
I wasn’t at the game yesterday as work intervened. Things were looking good when David Winters put Sons ahead at half time but a second half defensive collapse saw Arbroath scoring three and pick up three vital points.
Hopefully the postponements are now over and the fitba’ can get back to some sort of normality (although with so many games to catch up on it’ll be a frantic run in)
Dumbarton kept up their good recent run yesterday with a victory against the Lichties.
The crucial goal came just before half time from Scott Chaplain who was playing in an attacking midfield role.
I’m not convinced by different formations (i.e. departing from 4-4-2) at this level but the 3-4-1-2 deployed by Jim Chapman looked pretty effective yesterday, even if a couple of players did look a bit unfamiliar with their positions.
As for the game Sons had the better of the first half and survived the second when Arbroath assisted by the wind, came back into the game.
Good ref yesterday, he let the game flow and didn’t dish out unecessary bookings.
It has been a pretty desperate start to the season for the Sons. For the second week in a row we were defeated 3-1, this time away at Arbroath.
One cheeky Arbroath fan posted the following clip of his side’s third goal, scored with the last kick of the game.
This is football in the raw. A few hundred fans on a windy east coast day with the North Sea virtually lapping at the side of the football ground.
Oh aye and don’t watch this if you’re offended by bad language!