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Crowdfunding Sons

In these dark days of no football and nothing to light up (or darken) Saturday afternoons, thoughts can easily turn to gloom.

This is especially so since there is a real prospect that without an income stream for what would have been the remainder of the season many clubs – Sons included – could struggle to survive.

In a generous gesture the staff and players have already agreed to defer half the wages they were due, which will go some way to ease the financial pressures on the club.

However that was always unlikely to be enough. To enable fans to play a part in (with hope) tiding the club over scary times, a crowdfunding page has been set up for them – and others – to contribute towards helping Dumbarton FC as a club through a difficult time.

Yes, I have already donated.

Clyde 2-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Broadwood Stadium, 7/3/20.

I suppose this was always a likely result given the balance of incentives. They were seven points closer to the relegation zone than us. After today’s results they’re effectively six points further away since all the teams below them lost. They can reckon themselves safe now too.

Next Saturday we’re at home to Falkirk. They need the points more than we do. But we’ve not lost a goal at home for over four games. Who knows what will happen?

Dumbarton 2-0 Forfar Athletic

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 3/3/20.

That should do it. Forfar can still reach 54 points and we’re on 38 but they’ve averaged less than a point a game up to now so if they kept that up they’d only get to 35. We’re now 22 points ahead of Stranraer so they’re definitely out of sight. We’ll be in Tier 3 again next season I should think. (I can’t see us reaching the promotion play-off places.)

We dominated the first half and played some pretty stuff at times but never really threatend their goal until a cross reached Stefan McCluskey whose close effort from near the bye-line was saved by the keeper and went for what all the Sons fans near me thought was a corner – as did the linesman – but the ref gave a goal-kick. I suppose it could have rebounded back off McCluskey but it didn’t look like it.

The goal wasn’t long delayed, a neat move leading to a header into the path of Ross Forbes who finished it well.

Ir was much the same in the second half with Forfar having a bit more of the ball but mostly being woeful with it. Conor Brennan only had one save to make, from a long-range effort.

The clincher was again a good move with Jai Quitongo hammering home after a neat P J Crossan pass following a Forbes through ball.

Stefan McCluskey had the best game I’ve seen from him but he still doesn’t have much end-product and too often takes a negative option. Rico Quitongo continues to make strides at left-back; he’s a much improved player from the one of the beginning of the season. His brother Jai can clearly play a bit, with a good touch, but he has a tendency to go up blind alleys or overdo things. And Stuart Carswell looks to be coming back to his best. He’s been off the boil for a long time. I wonder if he’s been carrying an injury.

Clyde again on Saturday at their place. (Weather permitting.)

Dumbarton 1-0 Raith Rovers

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 29/2/20.

A collector’s piece, this one. Carsy scored. Only the fifth time for us I believe. Possibly only his fifth ever. The last time was I think was also against Raith, in the home game one year ago on 26/2/19.

So that’s two wins in a row – last achieved in December, again against Raith.

That the winner came in injury time means the home fans must have left the Rock buzzing.

Another win on Tuesday night against Forfar would go a long way towards making sure we avoid relegation – indeed all but make that a certainty.

No doubt that means it won’t happen.

Dumbarton 1-0 Clyde

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 25/2/20

That’s a relief.

Not only is it a welcome win – our first since the Saturday before Christmas – but we also stretched the gap over every team below us.

I had been planning to go through to this but the weather we’ve been having put me off the trip. It doesn’t seem to have been a good game though.

Still; a win’s a win.

Can’t see another against Raith on Saturday however. (But I’d be delighted to be wrong about that.)

Dumbarton P-P Forfar Athletic

I wasn’t surprised at the postponement given the weather, even if the park had looked OK a couple of days ago.

Had it been on it might have been the best opportunity to put a win on the board for the first time this year but at least the teams below us didn’t gain anything on us.

If the pitch is truly soaked Tuesday’s rearranged game against Clyde might be off too.

Montrose 2-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Links Park, 15/2/20.

I was about to report that we’d failed to score – again – but then PJ Crossan got one back in injury time. So that’s three for this year so far – and two of those were in the one game.

At least nobody below us won.

Our next two games, at home to Forfar and Clyde, are real must-not-lose affairs if we’re not to be drawn into the relegation equation.

Dumbarton 0-0 Airdrieonians

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 8/2/20.

Not a win, but not a defeat either. A clean sheet is welcome too.

And we’ve nudged four points ahead of Peterhead with the same no of games played.

Next week against Montrose at their place is going to be tricky. I’d take a point now, but fear worse.

East Fife 4-2 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, New Bayview, 1/2/20.

Well we threw this one away.

We had dominated the first few minutes and then they scored in their first attack, a clearance falling to former Son Scott Agnew whose shot took two deflections on its way past Conor Brennan who nevertheles looked slow to get down to it.

Their second was a joke. Instead of dealing with a loose ball at the edgeof the box, we stood off it and allowed their player to volley it home. They could have made it three when for the only time in the game they got a man in on goal but Brennan’s spread legs deflected the shot.

The lifeline came at the very end of the first half Morgyn Neill heading home a Joe McKee free-kick.

About fifteen minutes into the second half Stefan McCluskey chased down an East Fife defender forcing him into a mistake. McCluskey then set up new signing Robert Jones to finish neatly. We were all over them for the next ten minutes and then all that hard work was undone as we gave away a free-kick. Scott Agnew’s delivery was headed home too easily. All those tall guys in our side and we lose a goal like that. Again I thought Brennan might have positioned himself better.

It was all over when we conceded another free-kick not far outside the box. Just about everybody in the ground knew where Scott Agnew was going to place it – and he duly did.

Our defence in this one was a complete bomb-scare, totally unlike the display at Pittodrie two weeks ago. Misplaced passes in midfield didn’t help either.

Sam Wardrop at right back didn’t look like the player he was in his first spell at the club, Ross Forbes – back for a third or fourth time with us depending on what you count – didn’t, or couldn’t, impose himself. Robert Jones up front though was a success, despite his height very good with the ball at his feet and composed for his goal. Jai Quitongo came on when the game was lost but showed some nice close control and a few neat touches.

The most frustrating aspect of the game though was that East Fife didn’t have to work hard for their win and didn’t look much above us, if any at all.

Going forward we’ll need to hope the useless defending is eradicated and the new boys gel together. OtherWise it’s going to be a nervous few months.

Peterhead 1-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Balmoor, 25/1/20.

According to the BBC Sport website we had the better of the first half. Not so the second. It seems they were all over us.

And it could have been worse as they also managed to miss a penalty.

Even so we still had more shots on target than them.

We badly neeed a fit striker though.

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