Tuesday 3rd March 2020
GOING for a night’s work on the railway might not seem like everybody’s idea of spending the last hours of your birthday.
So it’s just as well Ross Forbes marked the day he turned 31 with a goal for Dumbarton.
His big day consisted of opening the scoring for Sons against Forfar Athletic, with Jai Quitongo securing another important win with the second goal.
It was the third time he has got his ‘first’ goal for the club. His personal deadlock since returning to Sons in January was broken against the team he left.
And after a third win in a row, any regret he may feel at putting his former team to the sword is made up for in satisfaction.
He was also Sonstrust man of the match and is the first player to score for Dumbarton on his birthday in over seven years. Bryan Prunty was the last against Partick Thistle in January 2013 – Sons won that game 2-0 as well.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com before heading off for a night’s work on the railway, Ross said: “It’s the first time scoring on my birthday that I can remember.
“It was a pleasing night for us and it’s good to get the three points, and three wins in a row with clean sheets.
“We’ve done alright in three tough games with the pitch getting heavier with the weather. We’re just glad that we’ve got the points on the board.
“It’s always good to score, even when it’s against my old club. It’s a great club and I’ve got nothing but good words to say about them.
“I enjoyed my time there, but to come back to Dumbarton suited me a lot better.
“But I’m off to work now! I’ve not really done much to celebrate today – just floated about and got ready for the game tonight.”
Now it is on to face Clyde at Broadwood on Saturday, with Sons’ distance from the top four now only half the gap to ninth.
But feet are staying on the ground, and beating leaders Raith Rovers on Saturday gives Ross confidence for next season – for which he is currently the only player signed.
He added: “We’ll just keep plugging away, get as many wins on the board and see where that lands us in the table at the end of the season.
“We’re a good side and getting the wins together is building confidence for us.
“We’ll be good to go again on Saturday. As players, you want to play games rather than train.
“Clyde have had the same schedule as us over the last week and we will be ready to take them on again.”