Saturday 13th November 2021

DUMBARTON’S hopes of ending their recent run of poor form were dashed as they slumped to another heavy defeat.

Managers Stevie Farrell (pictured) and Paul Sheerin both fielded unchanged teams in this cinch League One match at the Moreroom.com Stadium, with Sons looking a first win since they won at Falkirk in mid-September.

Aidan Nesbitt had the first chance for the Bairns, but shot over the bar, then at the other end Joe McKee’s cross was collected by keeper Paddy Martin. Nesbitt came close again, but the opener followed in the 11th minute when striker Michael Ruth netted.

In the 17th minute Gregor Buchanan was booked for a foul on the edge of the box, but keeper Sam Ramsbottom beat away Charlie Telfer’s free kick. Next the keeper diverted Nesbitt’s header across goal, and Carlo Pignatiello cleared the loose ball.

At the other end a Ryan Schiavone cross fell to McKee in the box, but the ball was cleared. Then Buchanan headed a Paddy Boyle corner over the bar. A minute later Paul Paton went off injured, and was replaced by Eoghan Stokes.

In the 28th minute Ramsbottom had to make good saves from Leon McCann and then Craig McGuffie, before a Kalvin Orsi cross won a corner, but it was cleared. Just before half-time Stokes tried to lob the keeper from distance, but his effort was wide.

Sons hoped to fight back in the second half, but in the 53rd minute Nesbitt made it 2-0 for the visitors after a corner. Soon after Callum Wilson replaced Schiavone, then Conner Duthie replaced Ross MacLean, but in the 70th minute the Bairns went 3-0 up through Telfer.

With time running out Orsi had an opportunity but shot straight at the keeper, and the final whistle ended another miserable afternoon for Sons fans.

Donald Fullarton

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