Sunday, 15 February 2009

Frozen out... but warming up

Weather, eh? Today has been beautifully sunny here in the South West, but up in Scotland the freeze continues and Dumbarton's fixture pile-up gets bigger. The Sons' scheduled clash with Forfar Athletic yesterday was called off on Friday, with the snow and frost bound Station Park pitch giving the inspecting referee no choice but to postpone the game. In third place, with two or three games in hand over the sides around us (other than the Blue Brazil at the summit, who have played one more match but have garnered ten more points), we're still very much in the promotion mix. Indeed, at this juncture I'm going rashly to predict that the Mighty DFC will be third on 9 May, when we play our last game of the season at Annan.

Next week we take on the aforementioned Cowdenbeath at the Rock. A win, plus a further victory in our game in hand would reduce the gap to four points. It's a big ask, but not impossible. Jim Chapman looks to have made two more good signings in the shape of midfielder Ryan McStay from Partick Thistle and left-back Patrick Boyle from Everton's youth academy, via loan spells at Norwich and Crewe. Can Sons get the balance right? We'll see.

Meanwhile, I spent yesterday afternoon and last Tuesday night watching local heroes Exeter City garner six points from two good displays. Following the 4-0 trouncing of Macclesfield, last season's Conference champions Aldershot were always likely to be a tougher proposition. And so it proved. 1-2 down with ten minutes to go, the Grecians looked like they had thrown their chance away. But an own goal from the visitors followed by a superb curling free-kick from Neil Saunders clinched it for the home side. Next up it's Chester away (a game City should win) followed by a tough, crucial home match against promotion rivals Darlington (three points behind Exeter, with four games in hand.

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