Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Time to rally again

It hasn't exactly been a good New Year for Dumbarton FC so far. Two games, two defeats, three goals conceded, none scored, five points adrift at the bottom of the Irn Bru SFL Second Division... and no money.

On Saturday we lost to our nearest basement rivals, Stenhousemuir, in the very last minute of the game. So, taking into account goal difference and the desire to avoid the play-offs, not just straight relegation, we are seven points (two net wins and a draw) from anything approaching safety.  Nine if  East Fife win one more.

On the positive side, Sons have a game in hand over Stenny (which only counts if we take something from it, of course), there are still 64 points at stake in the remaining 21 league games - more than half the season - and we've at least secured a deal for Pat Walker (pictured) until the end of term.

Even so, it's a rather bleak end-of-winter. A win against Alloa Atheltic this evening is, as they say in the favoured lingo of the workaday football pundit, "a big ask". But that's what we have to go for. Dumbarton's aspiring youngsters have promise, I'm sure. But we can't survive on promises alone. 'Mon Sons.

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