Saturday 13th August 2022
THE temperature was almost as high as the quality of his goal to make it 2-0 to Dumbarton against Annan Athletic.
But Finlay Gray admits it was “horrible” to play in 27C heat as Sons ran riot against the Galabank club to make it three wins in a row.
The teenager’s outstandingly-executed goal got them halfway to an eventual 4-0 victory which kept them at the sharp end of cinch League Two at this early stage.
He admitted he wants to add goals to his game this season, and with three posted in the last month (two of them competitive) he is certainly doing that.
Speaking to dumbartonfootballclub.com, Finlay said: “I’m delighted with that. I have wanted to add goals to my game this season and today I managed to do that.
“Annan put a lot of balls into our box, but we defended it all day and that’s what we want the defence to do. Stuart Carswell and Gregor Buchanan were eating those crosses up all day.
“I am very happy here. I have worked hard to get a place in the starting 11 and it is good to have it as long as I keep performing. I’m delighted with how it’s going so far.
“We can’t ask for much more than the three wins we’ve got so far. We have only conceded one goal in those three games and if you had said before the season that we would start like that we would definitely have taken it. And we’ve done it against some hard teams.
“The only bad thing about today was the heat – it was horrible. The thing I hate most is playing in the sun – by 70 minutes, you are asking the referee how long is left.
“But the water breaks have helped us deal with it today, and both teams have it the same.”
Along with the rest of the squad, Finlay now has a visit to Stenhousemuir to look ahead to next Saturday.
He added: “We can’t wait. From what I recall it is a hard astro pitch at Ochilview.
“Stenhousemuir have a good team and a good manager, but we feel confident and we need to keep the momentum going. Once we go on a run, we’ll be flying.”
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