Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (2) v Clydebank (1)

Saturday 15th July 2017, Kick Off 12pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

WHISPER it. This just may be the start of something big.

Sure, this is still only pre-season. And at times the final workout against Clydebank saw some hard labour for Dumbarton.

But the new-look Sons side has not been beaten yet. What's not to be excited about?

They trailed the Bankies to Jordan Shelvey's goal, but Calum Gallagher and Mark Stewart ensured the local bragging rights went west of the Dunglass Roundabout for a year at least.

The matches between now and April will be a lot more fiercely contested - but Sons are going into them on a positive note.

It isn't actually that long since Dumbarton ended close season unbeaten. In fact, they've done it under Stevie Aitken before.

Two years ago they had three friendlies in front of an audience and won the lot, against Edinburgh City, Hearts and Clydebank.

This time they don't quite have a 100 per cent record due to Joao Vitoria's goal for Albion Rovers last week. And there are still things to iron out - but who doesn't have those when the competitive stuff is on the horizon?

The tests with nothing at stake have been passed. Now it's time for the ones with something up for grabs.

This match is an annual fixture and, for the fourth year in a row, Sons found themselves behind to the Bankies.

That was on 25 minutes, having already survived an early near miss when Shelvey set up former Dumbarton youth player Ryan Deas, who fired past.

Instead Shelvey did the damage himself, intercepting in midfield and running in to apply a low finish.

There was little panic among Dumbarton as they had been forcing chances, with a trialist striker and Gallagher each going close.

And with three minutes left of the first half, Gallagher got what his efforts merited, scoring on the turn after the ball broke to him from Chris Johnston's free kick.

Another former Sons youth, Reece Pearson, had a glorious opportunity to restore Clydebank's lead early in the second half. Jamie Ewings did well to save from another player with Dumbarton connections, Jamie Lyden, but the ball spun loose.

Pearson had almost an open goal, but fired wide from six yards.

After that, a raft of changes were made by Sons, including the end of the afternoon for two of the four starting trialists.

Soon after, one of the two remaining trialists looked to set up Christian Nade for a tap-in after an excellent move, but the Frenchman couldn't quite connect.

It was left to Stewart to win it with 16 minutes left, after another break of the ball. He looked to have been denied by keeper Josh Lumsden (yes, you guessed it, he used to play for Dumbarton as well), but he regained possession and scored from a narrow angle.

Pre-season done and dusted until early July next year. Now for the real stuff.

Dumbarton: Ewings; Smith, A Trialist, Dowie (Hill 55), B Trialist (Barr 55), C Trialist, C Gallagher (McLaughlin 55), Wilson (Prior 55), D Trialist (Stewart 55), Walsh (Nade 55), Johnston. Sub: S Gallacher.

Clydebank: Lumsden; Dooley (McDonald 31), Paterson, Deas, Darroch, J Lyden, Frizzell, Pearson, Shelvey, Black (R Lyden 66), Watt. Subs: Morrison; Gow, McAnespie.

Referee: Stephen Brown.

Andy Galloway