Dumbarton

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2020/2021

Dumbarton

In


Sam Wardrop (def) (Dundee United); Denny Johnstone (att) (Falkirk); Nat Wedderburn (mid) (Airdrie); Maciej Dabrowski (gk) (Hibs); Chris Hamilton (def) (Hearts); Chris Smith (gk) (free agent)

Out


Lewis Crawford (def) (Linlithgow); Joe McKee (k)(mid) (Queen of the South); Conor Brennan (r)(gk) (East Kilbride); Kyle Hutton (r)(mid) (East Kilbride); Isaac Layne (r)(att) (Peterhead); Jordan Pettigrew (sp)(def) (Annan); Callum Wilson (mid) (Albion Rovers); Ryan Tierney (sp)(att) (BSC Glasgow); Jai Quitongo (sp)(att) (released)

Dumbarton have been one of the teams hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. They were struggling financially before they went six months without a game, while their squad was not of a particularly high standard in any case. Manager Jim Duffy is going to have to work wonders if they are to be competitive this season. The Sons have seen their outstanding player from last season, Joe McKee, leave for Queen of the South, while a host of other regulars have also departed, including top scorer Isaac Layne, who enjoyed that status due to a surprisingly strong start to the season. More is needed from existing players such as Stefan McCluskey, PJ Crossan and Ross Forbes, but there has been little to suggest previously that they will relish the type of fight Dumbarton are likely to find themselves in. Quality over quantity has been the focus of the signings that Dumbarton have made thus far – or at least that is the idea. Denny Johnstone and Nat Wedderburn are their two highest profile arrivals, though both have much to prove after struggling at this standard last season with Falkirk and Airdrie respectively. With this in mind, they are both risks. Right-back Sam Wardrop has joined from Dundee United having been on loan at the club since January. Another young defender in the form of Hearts’ Chris Hamilton has arrived, and he comes totally untested. In goal, meanwhile, Maciej Dabrowski should be the No.1 after joining on loan from Hibs, with the experienced Chris Smith in as back up.

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Avoiding the bottom two would be a good achievement – on paper they are the league’s weakest side.

Season Review
2020/2021

№9: Dumbarton

Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy got every ounce of potential out of his squad as they finished ninth in League One but survived via a dramatic playoff. The squad that the Sons approached the season with was not strong on paper, and it never got any stronger to a significant degree as the campaign went on. Duffy played to the team’s strengths, which meant that they leaned heavily on their defence and tried to pinch the occasional goal going the other way. Only 38 goals were scored in their 22 league games, making them poor to watch but relatively effective in how they conducted their business. Indeed, their five home wins were secured by scoring just eight goals in 11 matches. What little offensive talent they had largely came through Jaime Wilson, who arrived from Australian football and proved to be a valuable pick up. While Adam Frizzell showed flashes of potential, ultimately he was not effective, while PJ Crossan was much the same. Robert Jones, simply, was not good enough. The midfield was primary defensive and was built around Stuart Carswell, who had a strong season. Nat Wedderburn was a solid partner for him but again was a player who had a focus on not letting much past him. This was ultimately a strength for the team due to their pragmatic style and the fact that Ross Forbes was able to create goals on a regular basis due to his set-piece quality. Dumbarton’s strength was really in defence, where Ryan McGeever and Morgyn Neill were absolute rocks for the team. Without this central defensive partnership, which was not only reliable but capable of playing match after match in the most intense circumstances, Dumbarton would surely have gone down. Indeed, even when the Sons were depleted in the full-back areas, they were strong. Losing goalkeeper Maciej Darowski, who had been on loan in the first half of the season, promised to be a huge blow, but the strength of the rearguard helped mitigate this. Dumbarton will have new owners by the new season, and their fans will hope to see a more attractive approach, but the job of survival was accomplished this term.


Player of the Season: Ryan McGeever

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