Sunday 29th August 2021
“IT’S called wizardry.”
When Gregor Buchanan emerges from the dressing room at Links Park and gets told he’s getting good at scoring goals, that’s his response.
To some at Montrose on Saturday, his opening goal for Dumbarton may have looked like a simple lob from a narrow angle over the keeper.
The reality was somewhat different. His effort to keep a free kick in play resulted in the ball hitting the centre half on the face, and rebounding into the Gable Endies net.
It meant he had to APOLOGISE to the home keeper for finding the target – not that anybody of a Sons persuasion minded at all.
But Gregor did make one other person’s wish come true – his two-year-old son, Baker, whose request for him to score was ringing in his ears as he left for the game.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Gregor said: “To be fair, I’ve tried to keep the ball in play and if I’d got it back to a team-mate we’d have had a chance, but it’s hit my face and bounced over the line.
“If Cristiano Ronaldo had done it he’d be getting all the plaudits, but I actually had to apologise to the keeper after it happened.
“I was in the house with the wee man before the game and at two and a half, he shouted to me to score a goal for him today. He doesn’t realise that it doesn’t happen every week!
“Montrose grew into the game in the second half and 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline, but they didn’t have lots of chances.
“It was a bit backs to the wall but we did excellently, keeping our shape, and different formations seemed to work today.
“We’re absolutely buzzing and the gaffer said to us before the game we’d have a free weekend, so that was an extra incentive.”
Celebrations after Gregor’s goal against Montrose. Copyright Andy Scott Photos 2021.
Returning to the Rock for a second spell, Gregor is only too aware of the challenge of playing in League One.
On a day when Dumbarton have won away to the league leaders, and Clyde have beaten Cove Rangers, that is all too evident.
He’s enjoying teaming up with Ryan McGeever at centre half, and every aspect of being back at the club, right down the pressure of being one of the more experienced players.
He continued: “That doesn’t really surprise me. All the teams are capable of taking points off each other.
“I’ve been a full-time player and these are difficult games going to part-time sides. Everybody has got to be ready for it as a sequence of wins can fire you right up the table.
“I played against Ryan for a long time. We started the season well with the clean sheet against Clyde but we’ve conceded a few goals since and we knew we needed to knuckle down.
“I’m loving being back here, even though I am one of the more experienced players. The gaffer puts a lot of pressure on me on that side of things, but it’s in my game.
“I was lucky enough to play with some really big-name players – for example, I signed for Dumbarton the first time and then Darren Barr signed a few weeks later.”
There is also a word for midfielder Callum Wilson, who has started the last two games and who provided the assist for Gregor’s goal at Links Park.
He added: “Callum has been really good when he’s come in. He can play in a few positions and it was a different day for him today in terms of what he had to do.
“He had to work really hard and he looked absolutely burst when he came off. All credit to him, he’s a young boy, but he will look to come in and learn the game.
“I had to go junior to do that, whereas he’s been lucky enough to stay in the senior game and I reckon he’ll find himself back in the team.”