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Dumbarton 2-5 Falkirk

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 21/4/18.

Well. We scored twice. That’s an improvement.

But we lost five. Which isn’t. Not at home.

Since entering this division our games against Falkirk have generally been tight (October 25th 2015 and December 20th 2014 notwithstanding.) Today obviously wasn’t.

It’s not looking good heading into the play-offs.

Dumbarton 0-1 Inverness C T

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 18/4/18.

Well the game made no material difference since Tuesday night’s result at St Mirren meant we couldn’t avoid ninth but it’s still disappointing that Dumbarton nil struck again.

Not encouraging for the last two league games and the play-offs.

And we started with a few players who have mostly been on the bench in the recent past and so shouldn’t have been too tired.

Gloom abounds.

Even if by some miracle we manage to stay up, next season is going to be a bigger struggle.

(I suspect that it’ll also be a struggle if we go down.)

Inverness C T 5-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, 14/4/18.

We started the game well enough, scored the opener – Andy Stirling skinning his man and cutting the ball back beautifully for Grant Gallacher to thump it into the net – but we didn’t hold on to it long enough. The equaliser was a great strike, but the guy took the ball up in midfield with no-one near him and no-one closing him down.

If we’d held on till half-time maybe things might have been different, but just before the break Craig Barr inexplicably switched off and didn’t chase the ball allowing Nathan Austin in to round Scott Gallacher and roll it into the net.

In the second half we fell right out of it and they started to walk through us. We looked tired. I suppose, as I always suspected they would, games have caught up with us. It’s not really a surprise to me that our first bad winter in this division has coincided with our worst performance in it. And the postponements due to the Challenge Cup run haven’t helped.

The introduction of Liam Burt and Mark Stewart improved us – why wasn’t Burt on from the start? He always looked capable of fashioning something and Mark Stewart was a bigger threat than Calum Gallagher had been – but we were three and four down by the time the subs were made.

At least we looked a bit of a goal threat for the early part of the game. The play-offs might be a stretch too far though.

Morton 3-2 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Cappielow Park, 10/4/18.

Well if the play-offs hadn’t been nailed on before last night they are now. There’s no way we’re making up eight points in four games.

Mind you, I make it that’s five points we’ve lost to late goals against us. Those would have made it tighter. But they came during weeks where we had three games to play.

At least we seem to be able to score goals again. I hope that continues on Saturday up at Inverness.

Dumbarton 3-2 Dundee United

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 7/4/18

Whatever happened to Dumbarton nil?

This was a very welcome, if somewhat unexpected, three points.

We hadn’t scored against anyone bar Brechin in the league since Boxing Day and only eight at home all season (including against Brechin.) And again apart from Brechin – and Peterhead in the Scottish Cup – it’s the first time we’ve scored more than two for over a year. (The victims then were Raith Rovers on Mar 11th 2017.)

Dundee United must be pretty poor.

Seriously though, I hope the lads take encouragement into Tuesday night’s game at Cappielow. Getting at teams must be the way to go.

Dundee United 2-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Tannadice Park, 3/4/18.

I wasn’t at the game. I’m still coming down from Eastercon and it was likely I’d be frozen anyway.

It was Dumbarton nil again, too.

Where’s our next goal coming from?

Dumbarton 0-3 Livingston

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 31/3/18.

We should just start calling ourselves “Dumbarton nil”.

End of message.

St Mirren 5-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, St Mirren Park*, 27/3/18.

Well. The inevitable happened here.

After Saturday’s exertions and disappointment it was always likely we would be flat for this game.

We could have done without losing five goals though and the result at Caledonian Stadium means we’re more than two wins adrift of eighth and only eight games left.

Wee’re not going to claw that back.

*aka Paisley 2021 Stadium.

Sons Flags Flying

Still down after yesterday.

Here are two pictures from a cheerier moment:-

Sons Flags flying

More Sons Flags

Memories of the Day

One Sons fan was showing a sense of humour before yesterday’s game:-

Humorous Sons Fan

Souvenirs of the Scottish Challenge Cup Final 2018. Black and Gold flags courtesy of Sons Trust:-

Sons Flags

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