Well, after two Dumbarton games (one home, one away) I am back in the southwest, and it's off to St James' Park this afternoon for a vital Exeter City match against struggling Northwich Victoria - whose hopes of escaping relegation from the Blue Square Premier have been boosted by some solid performances of late. It'll be a bit of a nail-biter, given ECFC's somewhat wobbly play-off ambitions, and I wish the Grecians all the best. Naturally, I'd really rather be at SHS watching the mighty Sons take on Montrose, who are pushing for promotion and are considered to be one of the better footballing sides in the Third Division - not a masive crown of honour, it must be said. My hopes of being up in Scotland for the last DFC home game against East Stirling have also been dashed. But there are some compensations. To be frank, the quality of the football I will watch today is likely to be considerably better, for a start. The Sons have been pretty dire this term. Hope for next season rests largely on who manager Jim Chapman can bring in as well as inspiring some confidence in young hopefuls. It's easy to snipe, but the fans should get behind him.
[Photo (c) and with acknowledgments to Donald Fullarton. Buy his pics, folks.]