Saturday, 31 January 2009

Mixed afternoon emotions

A 1-1 draw against Montrose this afternoon has to be regarded as two points dropped rather than one gained for Dumbarton, especially as Cowdenbeath and Stenhousemuir took the maximum from their matches. "Derek Carcary's first half opening goal was cancelled out late in the second half by Montrose striker Roddy Hunter to give the Angus side a deserved share of the points," writes Alan Findlay. My other informant reckons that part of the problem is that Paul McLeod isn't firing on all guns for the Sons. Meanwhile, the remaining personnel changes are falling into place at the Rock. Jim Chapman has released Liam Cusack, but has brought in trialist Patrick Boyle and 24-year old former Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan McStay. Yet another Jags man. This is getting to be a habit. (All the more reason why you should come to SHS when they're away, Kenny.)

As for Exeter, they snatched a 2-1 win against Barnet. The first half was tight, with Neil Saunders giving the Grecians the lead through a fabulously opportunistic dipping half-volley from 35 yards. Then Barnet grabbed a breakaway reply due to casual defending. In a more flowing second half, Steve Basham set up Matty Gill for the winner, but it was 'keeper Paul Jones who gave Exeter the points by saving Michael Neary's (softly awarded and not very decisively struck) penalty. Progress, but not entirely convincing. It was freezing, too. Let's hope the pitch survives for the re-arranged home game on Tuesday night against Port Vale.

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