It was not a very inspiring game at the Rock yesterday, I gather - an observation perhaps confirmed by the fact that the Dumbarton sponsors' Man of the Match was a player who got sent off and performed for less than half of the game! There were incidents and talking points, however - not least Jan Vojacek's penalty save and dismissal. Sons' difficult start to the season continues. But let's look on the bright side. The 0-0 draw against Stenhousemuir is the first clean sheet of the season, doubles our points tally, takes us off the foot of the table and represents a recovery with a man down. Undoubtedly a win at home against Cowdenbeath (who also came up from the Third, courtesy of Livingston's woes) would make a real difference. Fingers crossed.
Nearer to (my) home, Exeter City took a point at Leyton Orient. I was actually in London today, and would have gone along, but for work and for the fact that my good friend -- and O's fanatic -- Kevin Scully (Kev the Rev) is away right now. Apparently Orient had by far the better first half and the Grecians struggled to adapt to a new winger. But this was more than compsensated by a superb performance and late goal from the man in question, Craig Noone. Meanwhile, Barrow lost at Luton Town but are keeping their noses out of the Conference (Blue Square Premier) relegation zone.