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It All Starts Again

Today Sons’ new league season begins. It doesn’t seem any time at all since the aggregate play-off win against Edinburgh City and of course we have had three games in the League Cup* already but this is the big one.

We kick our SPFL Tier 3** campaign off away from home against Clyde. What with the usual churn of players in the close season I have no idea what to expect.

At least with luck we’ll go the full 36 games this time unlike in the past two seasons.

Sometime during it I might even get to see us play in person rather than on a screen.

* Premier Sports Cup

** You can call it cinch League One if you wish.

Partick Thistle 2-0 Dumbarton

Scottish League Cup,* Group H, Firhill Stadium, 20/7/21.

I was away for the past two days (family business) so did not post on the result from Tuesday night. Not as big a gubbing as on Saturday but we had nearer to a full team out.

It seems we played quite well but lacked a cutting edge. (The first part of that sentence makes a welcome change.)

I suppose though we’ll need to wait for a week on Saturday and the league starting to see how things really are.

*Premier Sports Cup.

Dunfermline Athletic 5-1 Dumbarton

Scottish League Cup,* Group H, East End Park, 17/7/21.

Barring miracles it’s never going to be a good day when you lose a goal inside two minutes and then another after four. (That one came courtesy of former Son Dom Thomas.)

Needless to say miracles were not forthcoming. They were unlikely given our Covid and injury ravaged squad. The scoreline says it all.

At least we scored one, Ross MacLean getting his second of the season already.

Partick Thistle away on Tuesday night and then we can concentrate on the league. Maybe we’ll have a full complement of players to choose from by then.

*Premier Sports Cup

Dumbarton 1-2 Stenhousemuir

Scottish League Cup,* Group H, The Rock, 13/7/21.

Despite four players being out of contention due to Covid, and one more isolating, plus two injured, Sons game against Stenhousemuir in the League Cup went ahead tonight, with only three subs on the bench.

We took the lead through Ross MacLean but lost two goals in the second half, one of them came with the curse of the ex as former Son Robert Thomson (of blessed memory in the tier above) headed the winner.

That’s progression in the League Cup gone for another season then.

Two glorified friendlies away from home to get through before the league starts. Let’s hope there are no injuries.

*Premier Sports Cup

Dumbarton 0-3 St Mirren

Scottish League Cup,* Group H, not The Rock, 10/7/21

No your eyes do not deceive you. The result of tomorrow’s game is as above. One of our players has tested positive for Covid and as a result the club has had no option but to ask for the game to be cancelled. It therefore suffers the penalty of a 3-0 loss.

Not a good start to the new season.

*Now apparently the Premier Sports Cup.

Sons 2020 League Cup Schedule

I forgot to post them here when the club put them up but Dumbarton’s Scottish League Cup* 2021/22 group stage fixtures are:

Saturday, July 10 – St Mirren (H, 3pm)
Tuesday, July 13 – Stenhousemuir (H, 7.45pm)
Saturday, July 17 – Dunfermline Athletic (A, 3pm)
Tuesday, July 20 – Partick Thistle (A, 7.45pm)

Four games in ten days – it’s a bit like the hectic end to last season.

The first is just over a month away!

*Now known as the Premier Sports Cup.

League Cup Group 2021

Gosh. This came round fast.

Sons have been drawn in a group with St Mirren, Dunfermline Athletic, Stenhousemuir and Partick Thistle in next season’s League Cup, now officially the Premier Sports Cup.

Thr group starts on Saturday July 10th. That doesn’t leave much time for our new manager – whoever he may be (I assume it’ll be a he – to get players in. Four of last year’s squad have left as it is – twoof them for group opponents Stenhousemuir.

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