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Airdrieonians 3-2 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Excelsior Stadium, 23/10/21.

This seems to have been a bit farcical. We had three players sent off, plus the manager. This speaks of a card happy ref at the very least, if not one that lost control of the game. But it seems from comments on Pie and Bovril there were few bad challenges.

But if the ref has been issuing yellow cards willy-nilly then it’s daft to commit any more fouls, or mouth off at him.

At least we managed to score – twice. And one of them was when we only had eight men left on the pitch – after 6 minutes of added time. Pity we couldn’t hold out for the remaining two.

The next four games are against teams below or around us. We need to pick up points from them but I’m afraid the suspensions accrued today won’t help with that.

Dumbarton 0-3 Queen’s Park

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 16/10/21.

Well, I settled down in time to access the live stream – and all I got was an error message. ( “internal server error” Even going direct to the univtec page there was no way to connect as a season ticket holder.

It looks as if I didn’t miss much of a pleasing nature though.

That’s two games in a row without scoring – added to a combined loss of eight goals. From +5 our goal difference has gone to -3.

That mid-first quarter optimism has waned considerably.

We’ll need to get things sorted soon or we’ll be looking nervously over our shoulders.

Tough one away next week too, at Airdrieonians, whom I thought looked decent in the 2-2 draw at the Rock in August.

Dumbarton 2-2 Airdrieonians

SPFL tier 3, The Rock, 7/8/21.

We got away with this one.

After a brief early flurry where Edin Lynch ought perhaps to have hit the target on a rebound we mostly fell out of this, but when in possession we did look like we wanted to play football. (A blessed relief after the last two seasons.)

Nevertheless their first goal came a bit out of the blue when their forward looped a header back over Callum Erskine (deputising for an isolating Sam Ramsbottom.) For the rest of the first half we weren’t in it and Airdrie ought perhaps to have scored again, Connor Duthie cleared a shot off the line.

It seemed all over when the ref awarded them a penalty with the second half barely started. I’ve seen them given – and not given – but the guy slotted it.

The game changer came when Sam Wardrop was yellow-carded for the second time giving us a man advantage. Fron then on we had the majority of possession but didn’t really trouble their keeper till Ryan McGeever powered in a header from a corner to provide hope.

A few minutes after that Andy Geggan pounced on a loose ball at the edge of the box to drive it low into the corner and secure us a point.

There were some good signs here but if not for the sending-off we would most likely not have got back into this. Then again we didn’t quite have our full team out due to injuries.

Amazingly we’re still joint top of the table. Away to fellow four pointers Queen’s Park next week will be a tough one.

Clyde 0-3 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Broadwood Stadium, 31/7/21.

Wow. I didn’t see this coming. It’s welcome all the same.

But it remains to be seen whether we’re actually any good (though comments on Pie and Bovril suggest we are managing to look like a football team) or whether Clyde were just gash.

The home game against Airdrie next Saturday will give me more of an idea about that.

Dumbarton 0-1 Airdrieonians

SPFL Tier 3, The Rock, 1/4/21.

Mince.

Utter mince.

Not a shot on target all game.

Only one real effort at goal, a Ruaridh Langan volley from pretty far out which went over the bar. And Ross Forbes managed to get himself unnecessarily sent off in the last minute. (I suppose that means he’ll get a rest before he plays again.)

But it only takes one goal to beat us. And again it was scored by a former Son.

God knows what Aberdeen will do to us on Saturday.

In front of a nationwide TV audience too.

Falkirk 1-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Falkirk Stadium, 30/3/21.

Well I didn’t see this coming. I didn’t see it at all. After Saturday I just wanted to crawl away into a darkened room so didn’t avail myself of Falkirk’s live stream. (It was £13.99 a pop too, A bit steep.)

From the comments on Pie and Bovril the Falkirk fans seem to think it’s their managers’ fault. (Yes they have two.)

They also said Sam Ramsbottom was man of the match. He apparently made four good saves. (Though one Falkirk fan disagrees, saying he only had one.)

The other surprising thing is that we scored. New boy Rabin Omar after a route one kick up the park according to the club website.

An unexpected and welcome point but we need three in every game at the minute.

Unfortunately Clyde won away at Peterhead so we’ve gone down a place, and they’ve got a game in hand on us too. Forfar got themselves a similarly unexpected point to ourselves at Partick.

Those losses at home in the past two league games are really hurting now.

Airdrieonians tomorrow night at home is the latest must win.

If we did it would put serious pressure on them.

So we most likely won’t.

Sons on TV

Sons game against Aberdeen in the next round of the Scottish Cup has been chosen to be broadcast live by BBC Scotland.

It’s scheduled for Saturday April 3rd, kick-off 12.15 pm.

That’s less than 39 hours after our game against Airdrie (on April 1st, next Thursday,) will finish. And we’ve got two more games before that between then and now. Ouch!

Completing the Season

The amended fixtures that will suposedly allow Tier 3 SPFL clubs to complete 18 games for this season have been published.

(After a top five/bottom five split a further four fixtures are proposed to make up a 22 game season – but only if every side has managed to fit the 18 game total in.)

Sons’ games are scheduled as follows:-

Saturday, March 20 – Forfar Athletic (H, 3pm)
Saturday, March 27 – Peterhead (H, 3pm)
Tuesday, March 30 – Falkirk (A, 7.45pm)
Thursday, April 1 – Airdrieonians (H, 7.45pm)
Tuesday, April 6 – Montrose (H, 7pm)
Thursday, April 8 – East Fife (H, 7pm)
Saturday, April 10 – Cove Rangers (A, 3pm)
Saturday, April 17 – Clyde (A, 3pm)
Tuesday, April 20 – Partick Thistle (H, 7.45pm)

To those has to be added the game against Huntly in the Scottish Cup on March 23 (ko 7.45 pm) and a possible tie beyond that if we win.

It’s some schedule, In fact it’s an insane schedule given that we have a less than threadbare squad and no hint of imminent signings.

The players will be dead on their feet by Apr 1 (5 games in 12 days.) There’s also 4 in the seven days Apr 3-10 if we’re in the next round of the Cup. That’s due on Sat Apr 3.

Airdrieonians 0-2 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, New Broomfield,* 31/10/20.

Well I wasn’t expecting this.

A call-off last week and a switch to an away game at short notice – and Airdrie quite fancied to do well again this season (as last) didn’t bode well.

It seems we played decently too.

And we’re third in the table with a game in hand.

A bit early in the league for us to get a result too. We’re usually slow starters.

Only fly in the ointment is keeper Kevin Dabrowski got injured in the warm-up and replacement Chris Smith during the game. We don’t have a third to fill in between the sticks. Let’s hope Kevin is fit enough for Tuesday night against Clyde.

*You call it the Penny Cars Stadium if you like.

Dumbarton v Airdrieonians – Or Not

I had wondered given last week’s postponement and the weather forecast if tomorrow’s game against Airdrie would be off – and it turns out it is: at the Rock anyway.

Instead it has been switched with the reverse fixture, due to be played on 2/1/2021, which will now take place at the Rock. (Weather permitting of course.)

So two weeks in a row with no home streaming service but the prospect of a late afternoon spent in front of the telly metaphorically biting my nails, or cursing inwardly.

I hope the rearranged match with Clyde on Tuesday night will go ahead OK so that I can finally sample the delights of a streamed match. And also see how we’re shaping up this season.

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