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    Allan Maitland previews Dumbarton game 

    Friday, April 16, 2010 5:20:17 PM

    Today I wish to extend a warm welcome to Jim Chapman, his coaches, the players, the directors and the supporters of Dumbarton Football Club for a match that has huge significance for us in our quest to win this league.
    I watched Dumbarton draw 3 each on Tuesday night in a very entertaining match against Clyde. I know how frustrated Jim will be after his side lost a 3 – 1 half time lead and looked odds on to extend that in the early part of the second half only to conceded 2 goals after fantastic strike by Neil McGowan and a late Adam Strachan penalty (his second of the game). Part of the disappointment will obviously be not winning despite superb performances by Derek Carcary and the excellent David Winters. I suspect that losing the 2 points will make the play offs almost impossible with a four points deficit on Brechin who have 2 games in hand (although they played one of those on Wednesday against Stirling Albion) and only three games left. In the games we have played against Dumbarton this season they have at times played as well as any team in this division.
    Last Saturday we lost 3 – 2 against Brechin City after losing a last minute penalty that at best could have been described as dubious. That disappointment came after the players showed fantastic spirit to get back on level terms after being two down with only ten minutes left. Their efforts in the game certainly deserved at least a point but it was another example of how important it is to score when you’re on top, which we were for the majority of the first half. Our disappointment was that despite having a lot of possession the game was played at a pace that suited Brechin more than us. As always Craig Nelson had three excellent saves and unfortunately our defending was not up to our normal standards.
    With only three games left the destiny of the league title is very much in our hands but we fully understand that nothing has yet been achieved. If any team had the opportunity to swap with our position then they would inevitably do so and we require one final push over the last three games to achieve something extraordinary.
    At this stage of the season it’s a good time to look at players that are in the reckoning for player of the season and also to consider which goal has been the best. For my part I would say that every player has been superb and given more than could normally be expected over the season and it is impossible for me to single anyone out. However the best goals this season (in my opinion) have been Scott Agnew’s late strike against Brechin City, Bryan Prunty’s late strike against Stenhousemuir, David McClune’s even later strike against Clyde and Gary Carroll’s equaliser against Stirling Albion – every one of these goals have been at a vital stage of the game but I find it impossible to select any one above another, so good luck if you’re trying to choose (it’s possible I’ve missed your favourite and if so I apologise).
    As we enter the final vital three matches where 2 wins and a draw would probably clinch the title I ask you all for a final push to support the team and encourage them over the line.
    As always I thank you for all your support, win lose or draw, and hope you enjoy the game.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager


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