Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sons starting out again

Well, it's gone midnight and the dreaded words "pitch inspection" have not appeared on the Dumbarton website, so hopefully football for a new year and a new decade will finally take off with the visit of SFL Division Two leaders Cowdenbeath to the Strathclyde Homes Stadium at 3pm today. The Blue Brazil were of course rivals to the Sons in our Third Division championship season, and took an early lead in 2008-9 before finally burning out. They lost out to Stenhousemuir in the play-off, but then surprisingly secured promotion by virtue (if that is the right word) of Livingston's relegation to the third tier due to financial difficulties.

No-one can say that they haven't taken advantage of the situation, however. Right now the Blues are 13 points in front of DFC, and three points clear of early pacesetters Stirling Albion. A win for Sons this afternoon would be a boost in a number of ways. We lost 3-0 at home to Cowden in September and then 2-1 on the road in November, so this is an opportunity to redress the balance, to get 2010 off to a good start, and also to begin making a bid for the top half of the table. Fingers crossed. Both for the game going ahead and for the result.

Oh yes, there will be a 12-page wrap-around programme for this fixture, which includes the double Christmas issue for the games against Alloa and Stenhousemuir (both postponed). I have a column in the latter, ironically entitled Seeking a bit of festive cheer, but not in the abbreviated Cowden one. There's also a 'Fan of the Week' feature, which I'll pop up here on Sunday, assuming everything goes to plan.

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