Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy spent his 60th birthday in the dugout as his side beat Stranraer 2-1 and admitted that the result meant he wouldn’t be too grumpy at the dinner table that evening.

Calum Gallagher and Ross Forbes had Sons cruising at half-time as they held on for all three points.

Duffy’s side managed to see it out after the visitors pulled one back in the second-half with the Sons boss pleased to give the home support a win. 

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He said: “It’s always important to send the fans home happy and I think we managed to do that.

“In the first-half we put ourselves in a very good position and we scored two good goals and had another couple of opportunities.

“In the second-half, to be fair to Stranraer, they came right for us and they put us under a bit of pressure and we had a couple of last ditch tackles and blocks and we maybe could have taken a wee bit more care on the counter attack and maybe nicked another one.

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“It’s always nice [to win on your birthday]. I’d rather it was my 59th rather than my 60th but unfortunately age has creeped upon me when I wasn’t expecting it.

“It’s always nice to win and at least when I have dinner with the family later I’ll not be quite as grumpy as I could have been!”

With safety confirmed for both sides, the commitment and passion had the potential to go missing but there was plenty of it on show at The Rock.

Duffy praised his side’s attitude as they managed to prevent Stranraer from equalising with some heroic defending. 

He added: “As I said to the players before the game it’s important to show that professionalism and I think they did that.

“One thing you couldn’t deny was the effort, the attitude and the commitment.

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“We had half a dozen 50/50s and we went for it whereas sometimes at this stage of the season players might not be as committed, so fair play to them they gave everything and it was a hard-fought win.”