Friday 3rd October 2014

SONS gaffer Ian Murray is edging closer to his first quarter target of ten points gained for the first part of the season.

Ahead of the encounter with Cowdenbeath, he said: “We started the season in a jittery fashion but we rallied and the players deserve credit for the recent run.

“Achieving our Championship status again come May next year is our bottom line objective and we have broken the campaign into stages with targets.

“The victory last week against Alloa Athletic was a great result and against Cowden tomorrow we have an opportunity to keep pushing on before the next round of matches against Hibs, Hearts and Rangers.”

Sons’ last outing against the Blue Brazil saw a comfortable victory against the Central Park outfit. It was recorded in March, when Dumbarton went nap with a 5-1 scoreline. Scorers were Megginson, Miller, Kirkpatrick, Fleming and Kane.

Saturday’s opponents Cowdenbeath currently lie 10th in the SPFL Championship having gained 4pts from 7 matches. They have the leakiest defence in the league, conceding 19 goals so far. First half goals from loan signings Kunus Oyenguna and Calum Gallagher saw the Blue Brazil record their first Championship win of the season last week against Queen of the South.

Of the current DFC squad, Mitch Megginson, Jordan Kirkpatrick and Scott Agnew have scored 3 goals each against Cowden. In 150 competitive matches against the Central Park team, Sons are undeated in 87 encounters but suffered a heavy 8-1 loss on 1st January 1935.

Former Sons players Billy Blackie (51) and Gary Dickie (50) celebrate birthdays on 4th October On that day in 2008 Dumbarton played host to Annan Athletic in the League Third Division. The game ended in a comfortable 4 – 1 win for Dumbarton, in front of a crowd of 574. Scorers were – Peter Watson (o.g.) (6), Paul Keegan (30), Ross Clark (penalty) (34) and Stuart Hill (o.g.) (45).

Alan Findlay

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