Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Alloa Ath (0) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 5th December 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

IT looked like the game which might not start. Where only the weather would win.

But Dumbarton took victory - and after two months, may have resumed the winning habit.

On a day when all other SPFL Championship sides were idle due to the elements, Mother Nature also dictated this game.

Within minutes it was clear that chances weren't going to be easy to create. The wind and rain made passing football almost impossible and a goalless draw looked likely until midway through the second half.

That was when Mark Docherty's corner bent right into the net on his return to his former home ground.

The opener was followed by an all-out effort from an Alloa side who beat Sons 2-0 at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium three months to the day.

But all doubt was ended six minutes from full time when Grant Gallagher, who started on the bench, made a statement by heading home the clinching second.

Sons didn't really want an afternoon this tough just four days after a punishing night at Ibrox. However, they came through it with a vital result - their first win since October 3 against Livingston.

In the horrendous conditions, it was 21 minutes before either side got near the opposition goal. Kevin Cawley, another player returning to the Indodrill Stadium in a Dumbarton jersey, shot over from the edge of the area.

Alloa's first serious threat came 10 minutes from half time when Michael Duffy's shot from the edge of the area was saved.

And apart from Garry Fleming just missing the vital touch on Cawley's cross, that was pretty much it for the first half.

Although both sides were putting in a power of effort, their biggest opponent was the weather, which did not relent after the restart.

Ten minutes into the second half, Fleming narrowly missed the target with a shot, but after further frustration for both sides, Docherty, in surprising fashion, got the opener.

With 68 minutes played his corner found the net at the back post, and Sons were in a strong position.

Alloa now had to move up through the gears, and although the visitors saw off most of what the Wasps could manage, there was one scare with 10 minutes left.

After a cross from the left caused panic, the loose ball dropped to Eddie Ferns, but the forward, who scored the Wasps' second against Sons in September, couldn't put it away this time.

By this time Sons had made two changes, Gallagher being one of the players introduced. He had the chance of an immediate impact after Alloa could only half clear a low ball, but blasted over.

However, it was his fellow replacement, Eamonn Brophy, who helped him seal it with six minutes left.

The striker, playing his last game before the end of his loan from Hamilton Accies, crossed for the midfielder to head home.

The margin of victory could have widened before the end. Brophy could have scored himself but his shot was just too high, while Fleming was sent clear only for the keeper to rush out and block his shot.

In the end, it didn't matter.

This was the first of three back-to-back league games for Sons against the other sides in a mini-league of four at the bottom of the Championship.

After the success of the first one, anticipation is high for the other two, against St Mirren and Livingston.

And once Alloa have visited on Tuesday for a Scottish Cup tie, it's the Buddies next.

Alloa Athletic: McNeil; Reintam, Hamilton, Duffy, O'Brien (Hynd 73), Holmes, Ferns, McManus, Doyle, Williams, R Crawford (Flannigan 60). Subs: D Crawford; McAusland, Paun, Hetherington, Wilson. Booked: Williams.

Dumbarton: M Brown; Docherty, Cawley, Fleming, Craig (Brophy 79), Gibson (Waters 82), Barr, Routledge, Lindsay (Gallagher 68), S Brown, Wright. Subs: Ewings; Buchanan, Kirkpatrick, Ross. Booked: Routledge.

Referee: Willie Collum.

Crowd: 492.

Andy Galloway