Falkirk sink Dumbarton to extend winning run

David Weatherston was on target for Falkirk again
David Weatherston was on target for Falkirk again

Falkirk recorded their third clean sheet in a row as goals from Thomas Grant and David Weatherston secured victory over Dumbarton.

Both strikes came in the first half, during which the Bairns could have been several goals futher ahead on chances created.

Dumbarton had their own opportunities but, after surviving the opening 10 minutes, Falkirk quickly took charge with the same XI that defeated Livingston so convincingly.

They burst into life, with Blair Alston roaring forward after a matter of seconds and feeding David Weatherston, but the in-form forward wasn’t on the same wavelength to collect the pass. He would get his reward later though.

Lyle Taylor had a go on four minutes, rounding Stephen Grindlay who made a series of swipes at the ball while prone on the ground, and did enough to hinder the striker’s progress, but not halt it. His shot at the unguarded goal was blocked by Stuart Urquhart on the line and the follow-up from Thomas Grant was diverted out for a corner.

It was Grant who gave Falkirk the lead, converting from close in on 25 minutes. He forced the ball home after Alston’s pass and, though Grindlay got a touch, the midfielder’s shot had too much power.

The second goal came five minutes later through Weatherston. Kieran Duffie’s long pass was flicked on my Alston into Weatherston’s path and this time he charged into the box to hit the byline and send a powerful shot on goal from the angle. Again Grindlay got a touch, but again it was too powerful to keep out.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Taylor, unusually absent from the scoresheet, though not for the want of trying. A plethora of opportunities were presented including an excellent header on 34 minutes when Alston hung a cross above the six yard box and Taylor’s leap added substantial pace and direction to the ball, but Grindlay scooped it off the line.

He also scampered clear shortly before the interval and shot but an out-stretched leg by Grindlay kept the prolific striker out.

A heavy challenge in the opening exchanges of the second half curtailed his enthusiasm, and Dumbarton pressed more on Falkirk throughout the second 45 but the defence kept their record going with Jonny Flynn and Stephen Kingsley playing particularly well.