Saturday 26th December 2015

THERE was no joy for Dumbarton on the final away game of the year at Falkirk, as Sons went down 1-0 despite a compact performance in a perpetual downpour.

In a generally cagey and damp first half, Falkirk had most of the possession and more of the chances.

Sons defended determinedly, but could not find a breakthrough on the counter-attack.

On 36 minutes the home side went ahead.

A short free kick and a hesitant Dumbarton defence gave Blair Alston the chance to fire high into the far corner of the net from 20 yards out. He did not spurn it.

Sons almost pulled one back on 44 minutes. Good work from Garry Fleming set up a chance for Jordan Kirkpatrick, but he volleyed wide from 12 yards.

Immediately after the break only a brilliant stop from Frazer Wright prevented Falkirk from adding to their lead.

Sons enjoyed more of the play in a tight, competitive second half. They also rode their luck at the back a couple of times, however, and could find no way through the Bairns’ defence.

The result leaves the men from the Rock in seventh place in the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship, with Livingston and St Mirren three points behind with a game in hand each.

Next up for Dumbarton is a tough home game on 2nd January, with Rangers first foots at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium in 2016. The game is already a sell-out.

Full match report, photos and Sons TV now online.

Simon Barrow

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