Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Workington AFC (0) v Dumbarton (3)

Tuesday 5th July 2022, Kick Off 7.45pm

Pre-season friendlies

ON a sunny summer's evening in Cumbria, Sons ran out 3-0 winners against Workington AFC in their last pre season friendly prior to the start of the League Cup. It was a happy band of Sons fans who made the late night trip back home after the game (although some managed to test out the midnight licence in the social club).

Sons took the lead in the third minute when a dangerous cross from the right from David Wilson was headed home. It was one of those 'who scored' moments with some saying it was an own goal and others that Ryan Wallace got the final touch. On the basis no one wants to claim an own goal, we'll give it to Ryan.

He was back in the action on the 15 minutes mark when after a move down the right, he swung in a dangerous cross that the home defence managed to clear. Then five minutes later he sent in a long range effort that skimmed the crossbar.

The lead was extended a minute later when the ref awarded a penalty for hand ball and Stuart Carswell stepped up to net the second of the game.

After all the action from Wallace, it was then the turn of Ross MacLean to torment the home side. Ten minutes before the break, Aron Lynas broke down the right and his inch perfect cross was met by MacLean but his powerful header crashed off the bar and was cleared. Then on 41 minutes a piece of individual brilliance made the score 3-0. MacLean weaved his way down the left before cutting in and sending a curling effort over the keeper and into the far top corner of the net.

A combination of a raft of substitutes and the home side being more in the game meant there were fewer chances in the second half.

Just before the hour mark, Workington had a sweeping move down the right that failed to test the Sons defence but they kept up the pressure and eventually found a fierce drive that was tipped around the post by Harry Broun in the Sons goal.

On 73 minutes we had one of those moments that only happens in friendlies. Declan Byrne had come on as a sub for the trialist forward on 59 minutes. When he picked up a knock and was himself taken off as a precaution, we had used all our subs apart from Brett Long who seemed keen to show his outfield skills as a sub! Eventually, the trialist who had been subbed returned to the game and nearly scored near the end when his shot was blocked by a defender.

The evening was a good work out for the entire squad and a impressive final workout ahead of the opening league cup game against Stirling Albion.

Workington AFC: Atkinson, Trialist, Clarke, Wordsworth, Howarth, Trialist, Trialist, Leslie, Allison, Trialist, Tinnion. Subs: Hughes, Reilly, Lightfoot, Burns, Lowrie, Whitehead, Paden-Gale, x 3 Trialists.

Dumbarton: Broun, Wylde (Blair 59), Buchanan, Carswell, Wilson D (Trialist 67), MacLean (Orsi 59), Lynas, McKee (Trialist 67), Trialist (Byrne 59) (same trialist back on 73)Tr, McNiff, Wallace (Wilson C 59). Sub: Long.

Referee: John Mulligan.

Graeme Robertson