Exclusive by Danny Collins:
Life in the Scottish First Division can be tough for any team, and for part-time team Dumbarton they seem to be finding it the toughest so far. With a single point from a possible 21, Dumbarton are two points adrift at the bottom of the table.
However, according to Sons’ playmaker Scott Agnew, there is belief throughout the squad that the West Dunbartonshire based club can remain in the same division come the start of next season.
Agnew told The Away End: “I think the aim is just to stay up. To stay in the league is our aim and has been since the start of the season.
"I think we’ve been a wee bit unfortunate just to have the one point. Last week we were winning 3-1 with six minutes to go and ended up drawing the game so I think if we cut out the mistakes and have a wee bit of belief, I still believe we can stay in this league.”
Coming into the 2012-2013 season, Dumbarton were always at a disadvantage from the majority of their opponents as they are one of the very few part time clubs in their division.
Agnew said: “We knew how big a task it’s going to be. Obviously we’re staying part-time whereas the majority of teams in the First Division are full-time. I thought we would have more points than we do just now and that’s something we need to sort out quickly”
He continues: “It definitely motivates you but also makes it really difficult; they’re training day in day out. The majority of the boys do a bit of the gym in their own time to try and get to the level of the teams we’re playing against but it definitely motivates you as it would be a great feeling to go and beat a full time team.”
After being voted Dumbarton’s player of the year in the 2011-2012 season; Agnew has continued his good form by with an outstanding display in the recent match against Livingston. Although his team were beaten by a strong Livi side, his performance netted him the man of the match award.
He said: “I obviously want to do well myself, but I would rather win the game for the boys. I think we need to get points on the board but obviously being voted man of the match is good for myself.”
At the weekend, an inspired performance earned Dumbarton a 2-2 draw with fourth place Raith Rovers. A last minute goal by striker Bryan Prunty ensured that the Sons left Starks Park with a point but, however, still in need of their first win of the season.
Over his career, Scott Agnew has played with a number of different Scottish clubs, including spending his youth years at Rangers. However, it seems that he has finally settled in and is happy now with his football.
He said: “I enjoy it, I get on really well with the manager, get on really well with the boys. Obviously last year was a really good season for me personally, managed to win player of the year and win promotion. Both in the same year of my best season so far, so yes I’m happy with the way I am just now.”