Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy says that he can’t ask for much more from his players despite falling to a late 1-0 defeat against Brechin at Glebe Park on Saturday.

The hosts clinched it in the third minute of added time as Sons’ miserable away day woes continued with Duffy left bemoaning his side’s luck.

It was a familiar feeling for Duffy as the breaks again didn’t fall for his side.

He said: “It’s a real sickener. The players are devastated in the dressing room. They gave so much effort and put so much into the game and deserved more from it but we’ve said that on more than one occasion this season.

“You can’t ask for much more from the players. We’re not really getting any breaks just now.”

Saturday was the last time that club captain Andy Dowie would pull on a Sons jersey as the skipper left the club to pursue a career outside of football.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “It is with a heavy heart I have made this decision. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club and would like to thank the fans for their support and wish everyone connected to the club all the best in the future.”

On Friday, Duffy brought in striker Ben Armour on a development loan from his former side Morton with the 20-year-old joining until the end of the season.

But it is a waiting game to see if Dom Thomas will be allowed to join the club again after his initial loan from Kilmarnock expired last week.

Armour made his debut on Saturday and Duffy is optimistic of adding to the signing of the Morton striker, continuing: “Ben worked hard. It was a difficult day for him because there’s not much space to play and he’s up against two powerful centre-backs but you can see elements of his game. He holds it in well and takes it in well. We brought him in to be an option for us.

“We have to keep working hard and try and strengthen. We’ve not got a game this week which is probably a blessing.”