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Dumbarton 0-2 St Mirren

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 13/1/2018.

I hadn’t expected anything from this game even if we have recently done reasonably well against St Mirren.

But the results elsewhere mean we’re now above Falkirk only on goal difference.

In recent seasons we’ve been reliant on at least one full-time team in the division performing relatively badly. With Falkirk seeming to have got their act together and Inverness CT scooting alomost out of sight above us that situation may not prevail this season.

I fully expect us to be firmly in ninth position by this time on the 27th after our next league game.

It’s also going to be a tough game up at Peterhead in the Cup next Saturday. They banged in at least four goals again today (even if they did also lose three.)

Dumbarton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 6/1/18.

I was hoping for at least a point from this game but it wasn’t to be.

I certainly didn’t expect Falkirk to go rampant against the team in second place. It seems they have finally got their act together; as was always likely.

So it looks like 9th place is probably the best we can hope for.

I’ve also now got the fear for our Scottish Cup game up at Peterhead in a fortnight. They’re on a great run and seemingly scoring for fun.

Nervous times.

Queen of the South 0-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Palmerston Park, 2/1/18.

Not a disaster, but a win would have been nice.

At least we’re now two wins ahead of Falkirk again after them clawing three points back on us on Saturday.

Birthday and Christmas 2017

As you may know my birthday falls on Christmas Eve.

This means I get presents two days in a row (then I have to wait a whole year to get any more.)

No complaints though.

These are some of the things my family gave me this year.

Science Fiction: A Literary History edited by Roger Luckhurst:-

Science Fiction: A LIterary History

Five 1960s SF paperbacks:-

Books for Christmas

Eight Keys to Eden by Mark Clifton
Blue Moon edited by Douglas Lindsay
Path Into the Unknown: The Best of Soviet SF
E Pluribus Unum by Theodore Sturgeon
Nine by Laumer

That cover of Blue Moon is so redolent of the time.

A box of postcards of covers from Penguin SF books. Front of box:-

Postcards of Penguin SF Book Covers

Reverse of box:-

Postcards of Penguin SF Book Covers

Kurt Vonnegut themed Christmas presents. “And Soap it Goes” plus “Breathmints of Champions.” This recognises the source of my use of “So it goes.”

Kurt Vonnegut Themed Christmas Presents

“And Soap it Goes” ingredients:-

Kurt Vonnegut Themed Soap

“Breathmints of Champions” ingredients:-

Kurt Vonnegut Mints

And last but not least, a 2016-17 Sons home shirt. Sadly it wasn’t a lucky one on Boxing Day.

Dumbarton FC Home Shirt 2016-17

Dumbarton 1-4 Livingston

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 26/12/17.

Ouch!

I didn’t see this coming; we’ve been doing reasonably well at not conceding goals recently. At worst I thought we might lose by the odd goal but not by a margin of three.

Let’s hope the lads can get it out of the system by Saturday, but losing Kyle Hutton by suspension is a bit of a blow.

Dumbarton 0-0 Falkirk

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 23/12/17.

Well. This was a mustn’t lose – and we didn’t lose.

But it was a mustn’t lose for them too – and they didn’t lose.

It goes without saying I’d have preferred the win.

And Chris McLaughlin’s injury is a blow. He’s been one of our best players and I’m not sure we’ve got cover at left back.

Games are coming thick and fast over these two weeks, too. Five in fourteen days including today. Tough for a part-time club.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Caledonian Stadium, 16/12/17

Ah well. Good run over.

I wasn’t expecting much from this game. We’ve never so much as drawn up there, and only scored once. Mind you we’ve only ever been to the Caledonian Stadium twice before, both times on League Cup duty.

Still we could have done without losing to a team that leapfrogged us as a result.

Big game now next Saturday against Falkirk, who now have two games in hand over us.

Postponed Game

Sons match yesterday was called off due to a frozen pitch.

That’s a bit of a pity; we were on a good run.

I hope next Saturday’s away game at Inverness CT is not also a casualty of the weather. The longer we go without a game the more likely we will be rubbish when the next one comes round.

Down at the Rock

Well.

I don’t quite know how to react to this.

A new song about the club written by a bloke called Neil Grant.

The link and video below don’t make clear whether its title is The Dumbarton FC Song or Down at the Rock but, whatever, I suppose it might catch on.

Believe it or not there is a tradition of such things.

The Dumbarton FC Song doesn’t quite have the cachet nor capture the essence of attending a Scottish lower league game as does High Tension at Boghead by The Supernaturals.

Then of course there is the sublime (!) The Sons We’re the Ones, now and then known to be played over the PA at The Rock.

St Mirren 0-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, St Mirren Park, 2/12/17.

What a welcome – and unexpected – three points.

Mind you we’ve apparently played quite well the past few weeks – certainly did at Dunfermline – and with St Mirren having gone down to ten men just before half-time I would have been disappointed not to take anything from the game. But I’d have snatched your hand off for three points before it started.

I was reduced to listening to the radio in the car for snippets and was increasingly worried we wouldn’t score in the second half but Tom Walsh came up trumps and – marvel of marvels – we held out for the win. (If only we’d done that in the past two games we’d only be below Queen of the South* on goal difference.)

Too early to get carried away though but surely we needn’t fear anybody in this league.

Down to earth with a bump next week?

*Edited to add: And Dunfermline, and only a point below Morton! I was only looking at 6th place when I originally posted.

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