On target captain Malcolm warns of tough fixtures

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CLUB captain Stuart Malcolm was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet on Saturday but warns the game showed there are no easy fixtures in Division Two, writes Jennifer Newton.

With a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time with the second goal being scored by the central defender, it looked as though the Lichties had wrapped up the three points.

But a second half fightback by the Sons saw them twice almost find a way back into the game, but the Lichties held on for a 4-3 victory.

And despite being delighted with the three points and being able to stay level at the top of the table with Cowdenbeath, Malcolm admitted the side didn’t make it easy on themselves.

He said: “I am pleased to have scored but really I am kind of disappointed with the goals we conceded.

“We should have been comfortable but we made it really hard for ourselves in the second half.

“But Dumbarton never gave up and even though it was 3-0 at half-time, they had a couple of chances in the first half as they are a good attacking side.

“But really we should have seen the game out earlier.”

Controversial decisions by the referee in the second half provided both sets of supporters with talking points but Malcolm believes that the three points is all that matters.

He added: “They had a couple of penalty claims and, for the neutral, that game was probably entertaining stuff but for us we should have seen it out.

“But all in all it was a good three points and it keeps us up there with Cowdenbeath.”

The Lichties are unbeaten at home this season, but they won’t return to Gayfield until December 3 to face Brechin City in an Angus derby.

Coming up are a succession of away fixtures in the league to Stirling Albion and Airdrie United and a trip to Keith in the Scottish Cup.

And the 32-year-old captain knows they are in for a difficult spell.

He explained: “Every game in this division is tough. Everyone is capable of getting results and if you can put a run together you know you will be there or thereabouts.

“Nothing is ever decided in November and there is still a long way to go so there is still a lot to do.”