Tuesday 2nd April 2013

DESPITE battling bravely against full-timers Hamilton Accies, Dumbarton could not hold on to an early lead at New Douglas Park tonight, losing out to two late goals in an incident-packed match.

After absorbing a good deal of initial pressure, Sons went into the lead on 12 minutes, thanks to another Jim Lister goal. They stayed 1-0 up into the break, but missed several chances to extend the lead, despite containing Accies’ attacks well.

In the second half the home side’s pressure became relentless. Dumbarton defended resolutely, with Stephen Grindlay making several good stops and a few counter-attacking raids going unrewarded.

But in the end a tired Sons team who had given their all in the past four days, could not quite hold out. Stevie May did the damage for Accies, with an equaliser in the 79th minute and a winner in the 85th.

At the end Hamilton ‘keeper Kevin Cuthbert made an extraordinary save to deny Dumbarton a last gasp equaliser: one which would have been just reward for their efforts, if not reflective of the overall balance of play.

Sons paid the price for several missed chances throughout the match, but can go into the next home game against Livingston (Saturday 6th April) with heads held high after three wins out of the last four.

Photos and a full match report now online here.

Simon Barrow

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