Wednesday 29th July 2015
GARRY FLEMING might have been forgiven for feeling like a new signing for Dumbarton on Saturday.
Of the 12 players who got on the pitch during the 3-2 win against Morton, only he and Scott Taggart played in Sons’ last competitive game, against Raith Rovers in May.
However, it didn’t prevent a fine victory being recorded – with an excellent lobbed finish by Garry proving to be the winning goal.
And he insisted that being part of the almost totally new-look squad is a challenge he relishes.
He said: “During pre-season you work on things and get to know the new players who have come to the club.
“We’ve had a few pre-season games and we know the score now. We know how each other plays and Saturday was a very positive start to working together in competitive action.
“I thought we controlled the game for long periods. We maybe took our foot off the gas a bit going into the late part when Morton got two back, but we fully deserved to win.
“You always want to win your first competitive fixture and get through to the second round of the cup.
“Hopefully we can now push on from that and the win can give us confidence about facing Morton in the league.”
And with the draw for the second round confirmed as Queen’s Park at Hampden on Tuesday 18th August, Garry insists Sons will be ready.
The striker reckons it’s time for the club to put a run together in the competition after disappointing results in years gone by.
He added: “We’ll take anyone in the next round. We’ve shown we can compete with anyone in this league and we would have been ready for anyone in the draw.
“When you play for a club you always want to get a good run in cup competitions and play the big teams.
“We’ve only won twice in the competition since 2002, one of those being Saturday, so hopefully we can make up for that and get a run going.”
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