Sunday, 19 September 2010

Wasps lose their sting

A goal-mouth scramble
It was a gorgeous sunny day at Recreation Park, but the beauty of the weather was hardly reflected on the pitch. Dumbarton's trip to Alloa Athletic turned out to be a disappointing and disjointed affair, save for the valuable point it accumulated for Sons, who remain perched perilously near the foot of SFL Division Two. 'Keeper Michael White was undoubtedly my man of the match, pulling off a number of good saves and handling well under pressure.

The Wasps had more of the chances, such as they were. But the home side will be disappointed that they never capitalised on a greater sense of purpose and direction. In the event, they floated like a bee and stung like a butterfly. As for Dumbarton,  we scraped barely more than a couple of half-hearted efforts, and Derek Carcary, who showed a couple of flashes of inspiration, came on too late to make much difference for Sons.

Still, having conceded eleven goals on our previous three away outings, that clean sheet can be taken as a significant boost. As the old football saying has it, grinding out results when you're not playing well is an important attribute in any winning (or in this case, surviving) season. Thankfully Alloa is a friendly ground to visit. So it was a good day out, even if the game itself never ignited. Let's hope the continued flourishing of Sons' youth set up is reflected in a more positive display from the first team against Brechin City at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium next Saturday.

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