Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Airdrieonians (1) v Dumbarton (1)

Saturday 22nd September 2018, Kick Off 3pm

League One

THERE'S an old saying about taking results even with goals going in off somebody's back.

But even when that happens, it's not happening in Dumbarton's favour right now. Instead, such an occurrence cost them two points.

This was not a particularly special 90 minutes if you were a neutral. It was short on quality or clear chances for either side.

For Sons, though, it was another step in the recovery process after the unexpectedly sluggish first few games of the season.

Brad Spencer's goal on 28 minutes had them on course for a second consecutive victory. The need for that goal to be added to, though, was apparent.

The fragility of that lead was exposed on 71 minutes when Airdrie's Cammy Russell hit the post with a low, angled shot.

Instead of rebounding to safety, it hit the back of Sons keeper Grant Adam and, albeit not in the fashion intended by the Diamonds striker, found the net.

Whether it is awarded to Russell or goes down as an own goal, it meant two points slipped through Dumbarton's fingers.

Four points from the last six is an improvement on previous outings, but the frustration remains at how other points have been lost.

In all of Sons' last five league games, the team scoring first has failed to hang on to win. In three of those fixtures, Dumbarton have been that team.

There are signs that an injury-riddled season is slowing clicking into gear, but only one thing will prove that – the number of points gained.

Sons were well on top of the first half in terms of territory and possession, but struggled to unduly trouble the home keeper.

Ross Forbes and Bobby Barr each had shots from the edge of the area which were on target, but lacked the pace they needed. Corners were forced, but came to nothing.

That was until the 28th minute when Jack Aitchison escaped a defender's attention and set up Spencer for his second goal for the club from 12 yards.

Dumbarton had spent the first half attacking the 'Craig Dargo End' of the Penny Cars Stadium. They wouldn't have as much success shooting towards the 'Tony Wallace End' after the restart.

After Scott Stewart swerved past challenges out wide for Airdrie, his shot was wide of the far post.

Then Aitchison got through on goal, but the angle was too narrow and the keeper blocked his shot. Barr had another go, but his effort was deflected past.

That kept the Diamonds' heads up, and within two minutes of entering the action Russell's shot, with an element of fortune, brought his team level.

He then tried again, but Adam got behind the shot before the rest of the game was muddled through in mediocrity.

Another step forward for Sons, but it could have been a bigger one.

Airdrieonians: Hutton; Stewart, McDonald (Edwards 46), Robertson, Crighton, Millar, Conroy, Gallagher (Wilkie 69), L McIntosh (Russell 69), Carrick, Vitoria. Subs: McKenzie; Page, Cairns, S McIntosh. Booked: Vitoria.

Dumbarton: Adam; Ballantyne, Dyer, Dowie, Hutton (Carswell 81), Forbes (Russell 81), R Barr, Spencer, Allardice, Aitchison, Thomson (Loy 88). Subs: McGowan; Perry, Gallagher. Booked: Russell.

Referee: John McKendrick.

Andy Galloway