Dumbarton battled back from two goals down to pick up their first points of the season in a nervy 3-2 win against Peterhead on Saturday.

Gary Fraser and Jason Brown had the hosts ahead in the first-half before goals from Ruaridh Langan, PJ Crossan and Isaac Layne completed an incredible turnaround for Jim Duffy’s side.

Sons were heading into the game on the back of six losses in a row, conceding 20 while scoring just the two with the latest defeat coming last Tuesday night against St Mirren Colts in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup.

Without captain Stuart Carswell, who hobbled off in the game against the St Mirren youngsters and the injured Stefan McCluskey, Connor Scullion, Layne and Langan all made their first league starts for the club with Ryan Tierney having to drop to the bench.

After a four hour journey north, Sons fans would have been hoping for a better performance than they witnessed at Falkirk last weekend - but the travelling support would have been asking themselves ‘Why do we bother?’ when the hosts opened the scoring after just three minutes.

Brown crossed from the right and the ball fell to the feet of Fraser who turned his marker and slotted the ball past Conor Brennan despite the Sons keeper managing to get a touch on the ball.

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Duffy’s side tried in vain to get back into the game with Joe McKee at the centre of most attacks with his well-taken free-kick bouncing just by the post before Lewis Crawford fizzed in a ball that Morgyn Neill was inches away from nodding goalwards.

But there was still a threat from the Blue Toon to deal with and Ryan McGeever made a solid challenge to prevent Aidan Smith touching the ball into an empty net.

The lead was doubled a few minutes later as a corner was conceded when Brennan pushed Fraser’s free-kick over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Brown headed into the net again despite Brennan getting something on the ball.

There was some hope for Dumbarton before the interval, however, as Langan finished high into the net following great work from Crossan on the left.

Sons started the second-half well with McKee again just curling wide of the top corner with a free-kick and a deflected effort from Layne comfortably collected by the Peterhead keeper.

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The equaliser arrived 68 minutes in with Crossan picking the ball up in the penalty box following a McKee corner.

He then cut in on to his strong right foot and curled the ball into the far corner.

And, just before the 80 minute mark, the turnaround was complete as Layne met McKee’s free-kick as his bouncing header nestled into the bottom corner with the Sons fans were now telling themselves ‘This is why we bother’.

Dumbarton saw out the closing stages and could have even added to their tally as they picked up maximum points.

Stranraer visit the C&G Systems Stadium this Saturday as Sons look to pick up their first home points.

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