Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR MARK

Sunday 17th September 2017

EVEN a broken elbow couldn't keep Mark Stewart away from the training pitch with Dumbarton.

And his hard work got its reward yesterday in the form of his first league goal for the club which got the ball rolling in the 2-1 win over Brechin City.

The striker came on as a half time substitute to play his first game for four weeks after the painful break at Queen of the South.

But he hasn't been sitting with his feet up during that time - he's continued to put the hours in at training, leading to his performance and goal yesterday.

Mark was pleased with his scoring contribution to the victory - but there was one thing that was more important.

He told www.dumbartonfootballclub.com: "It's always good to score, but as long as I'm contributing to a win for the team, that's the biggest thing.

"We've got three points on the board and hopefully we can kick on from there.

"I came into training during my first week out and watched the boys in action, but the gaffer kept me integrated with them. After that it was non-contact stuff to keep my sharpness up until I was back in full training.

"The gaffer asked me if I was alright to be involved and of course I was. My injury was one of those things that couldn't be helped and hopefully I can now move on from it.

"Our second half performance was much better from us, regardless of Brechin going down to 10 men.

"I think the boys who played in the first half will admit we weren't good enough. We felt we needed to make changes and that's why it's a squad game."

Sons are back at home next week to face Inverness CT, who despite being newly relegated have won only one of their opening six Championship games.

They were beaten 3-1 by Livingston yesterday, but Mark added: "That's the kind of thing that could go a few ways.

"They could come flying out the traps at us next week. They need to get points on the board and will come with a bit of fire in their bellies.

"They won't be feeling sorry for themselves and we know we will need a performance to beat them.

"But we are confident - if you are not confident, there's no point in coming along and playing.

"I've found it hard to come here and pick up points as an opposition player in the past, and we have to make it the same week in, week out, as we know our opponents will be up for it."

Andy Galloway