Sunday 19th September 2021

DUMBARTON saw him as a hero. Falkirk saw him as a nuisance.

To Sam Ramsbottom, he was just doing his job.

The Sons goalkeeper was in inspired form in yesterday’s 2-1 win against the Bairns, with save after save reeled off before a late consolation for the home side.

Aidan Nesbitt, Michael Ruth and Charlie Telfer were among those in navy blue cursing him as the afternoon wore on, although Telfer had the last laugh, of sorts, with that late goal.

It was the first goal Sam had conceded from open play in 336 minutes of football, with only two penalties having beaten him since Cove Rangers’ second goal in last month’s meeting.

But nothing was taking the shine off a very satisfying result, which Sam was delighted with when the club website caught up with him afterwards.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Sam said: “It’s been an excellent afternoon and it’s a big result.

“You know what you are going to face at League One level and Falkirk probably should not be at this level with the facilities they have.

“But the gaffer set his gameplan out for us at training on Thursday and today we came here knowing exactly what we were going to do. We got the result and it’s worked out really well.

“It’s part and parcel of my job to make saves. I’m the last port of call if the lads need me and I’m glad I was able to chip in with the saves I made.

“That’s three wins on the spin for us now and it’s nice to get points on the board, but we know we need to keep building on it.

“We know what type of team we are. We have experienced players and young players who have something to show – Ryan Schiavone is one of them and he was brilliant when he came on.

“We know our job and what we need to do – it’s just about doing it every single week and seeing where we end up.

“Keep getting results and you never know.”

Could it be four wins in a row? That will certainly be the aim when Dumbarton return home to face Alloa Athletic this Saturday.

Sam added: “That will be another tough game – there are no easy ones in this division.

“No team can go anywhere knowing they will get a result. Everywhere you go it is a 50-50 game.

“So it will be about trying to put our stamp on the game against Alloa, and hopefully we can put another result on the board.”

Andy Galloway

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