DUMBARTON have lost 2-1 at Forfar Athletic today, missing the chance to extend their lead at the top of cinch League Two.
With Stirling Albion’s game at Bonnyrigg postponed, Sons knew a positive result would increase the cushion.
But Forfar were first to threaten, with Stefan McCluskey crashing a shot off the bar from close range after only three minutes.
The task then got more difficult when Ryan McGeever was sent off only 10 minutes later for a professional foul on Ben Armour on a counter attack by the home side. The resulting free kick went over the bar.
McCluskey then lobbed past when through on goal as Forfar’s numerical and wind advantages began to tell.
The ex-Dumbarton forward continued to cause problems, with his free kick deflected wide early in the second half.
However, it was another ex-Sons player who gave Forfar a totally deserved lead, Ben Armour running in to score with an angled finish on 57 minutes.
Seven minutes later Dumbarton conceded a penalty for Aron Lynas’ challenge on Seb Ross. Armour stepped up to roll home his second goal from the spot.
But with 16 minutes left Sons were back in business when Forfar were punished for a foul on Ryan Wallace in the area and Ally Love scored the penalty.
However, no equaliser came and Sons move on to next Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie away to Kilmarnock. They remain four points clear at the top of the league.