Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Bonnyrigg Rose (0) v Dumbarton (0)

Saturday 26th November 2016, Kick Off 3pm

Scottish Cup

THERE was one word which made Dumbarton fans of a certain vintage run a mile from complacency in this game.

Huntly.

Twenty-five years down the line from a Scottish Cup exit to said Highland League outfit, Sons sailed close to a similar fate against East Region junior outfit Bonnyrigg Rose.

At a packed New Dundas Park, Dumbarton were put to a stern test by a home side who were fearless, up for the challenge and ferociously backed from the terraces.

They survived more chances than they could create, including an almost logic-defying save by Alan Martin from a Wayne McIntosh header just shy of the hour mark.

But despite struggling to find any sort of form themselves, Sons survived to do it all again at home a week on Tuesday.

They will head into that game - which falls in between two tough league away assignments - under no illusions about the challenge they face.

Although there were few clear chances in the first half, Bonnyrigg almost always looked the more likely side to open the scoring.

The closest they got was a 20-yard Kerr Young effort which Martin did well to push away.

Sons did force one opening on 28 minutes when Garry Fleming, and then Donald McCallum, were denied by the keeper at close range.

However, half time arrived with the prospect of a shock result still very much in the air.

And after Lewis Turner headed wide for the hosts on 56 minutes came an almost incredible escape.

McIntosh seemingly could not miss with a close range header from a cross from the left, but Martin made sure he could - and did. The ball was then scrambled clear.

With 11 minutes left, the stuffy nature of the game having continued, Gregor Buchanan headed Craig Pettigrew's free kick off target.

But the home side still looked more threatening and Adam Nelson, from a good position, saw his shot roll straight through to Martin.

Another Buchanan header, late in the day, forced the home keeper into a smart save. From the resulting corner came a chance for Bonnyrigg, which saw McIntosh shoot across goal.

On its silver 'jubilee', another Huntly scenario had been avoided. Just.

Anybody in the 1,552 crowd who enjoyed the game had some good news. They can watch the two teams battle again on Tuesday, December 6.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews; Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Hoskins, Young, Turner, Kidd, McGachie, Nelson (Gray 88), McIntosh (McLaren 88). Subs: Rooney; Moyes, Archibald.

Dumbarton: Martin; Pettigrew, Docherty, Buchanan, Stevenson, Todd, Fleming, Barr, McCallum (R Thomson 60), Smith, Stirling. Subs: Ewings; Lyden, Wright, Crawford.

Referee: Stephen Finnie.

Andy Galloway