Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (1) v Bonnyrigg Rose (0)

Saturday 17th September 2022, Kick Off 3pm

cinch League Two

FOR five years and nine months, the name Bonnyrigg Rose had caused uneasy feelings in Dumbarton.

Ever since Adam Nelson put the ball in the net at the Castle Road end to give them a deserved victory, and Scottish Cup progress, on their first-ever visit.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and while that was for a place in the next round of the cup, this was about three league points.

It was also about extending Sons' winning start to the season to seven games. It didn't have to be especially convincing, they just had to score more goals than their opponents, who had started the season well themselves.

And that was achieved, with Stuart Carswell marking his 200th game for the club with the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after 28 minutes.

It could have been more comfortable, but unusually, Dumbarton passed up opportunities to add to the lead, although they were denied by good goalkeeping as well.

And those missed chances were almost punished late in the day when Bonnyrigg's Kieran Hall placed a shot across Brett Long. Fortunately, it was too far across for his liking, and Sons were relieved to see it miss the post.

The resistance of another sterling defensive performance was enough, and the theme from the Magnificent Seven was working adding to the playlist.

Attacking the end they scored at in 2016, Bonnyrigg were first to threaten, with George Hunter shooting wide when well placed.

But Dumbarton gained control, and Declan Byrne's angled shot was stopped at close range. Soon after, David Wilson delivered a free kick which Martin McNiff, at full stretch, stabbed over the bar.

Then a corner was delivered into the area, and Gregor Buchanan's header from it hit a red-sleeved hand. Penalty it was.

While Ally Love was on penalty duty last time out, only one man was stepping up on his double century in a Sons shirt. Carswell buried the kick and Dumbarton led.

Right on half time, Love played Wilson in with a glorious pass and an equally glorious touch to control it from the midfielder. But after he ran in on goal, the keeper stopped him, again at close range.

The two then swapped places early in the second half. Wilson sent a promising ball across goal that Love looked set to put in, but the keeper again denied him.

The afternoon grew stuffy, but Bonnyrigg were enjoying the better of the later exchanges, with the Sons defence now set to be tested.

The job was done for the most part, but Hall looked as if he had found a way to goal with two minutes left. Fortunately for Dumbarton, it was a foot wide of the post.

So, seven wins out of seven, which later in the weekend, became the only remaining 100 per cent record in the SPFL. And 10 points clear at the top.

Hopefully the good times have some rolling to do yet.

Dumbarton: Long; Buchanan, Carswell, Orsi (Garrity 69), D Wilson (McKee 85), Love (MacLean 85), Lynas, Byrne (Wallace 69), Gray, Blair, McNiff. Subs: Broun; McGeever, Wylde. Booked: D Wilson, Lynas.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Weir; Brett, Martyniuk, Young, Wilson, Stewart, McGachie (Smith 63), Hunter, Doan, Barrett (Hall 80), Connolly (Khan 80). Subs: Andrews; Horne, Grigor. Booked: Martyniuk, Stewart, Barrett, Brett.

Referee: Colin Whyte.