DUMBARTON drew 1-1 with premier division Partick Thistle in the first match of the season at a well-filled Bet Butler Stadium over a very wet and dark afternoon.
This pre-season challenge match was entertaining and well contested in the first half, but the second half became a parade of substitutes on both sides and the game suffered as a result.
The home side had the better chances in the first half with excellent shots from Mitch Megginson, Jordan Kirkpatrick and trialist Archie Campbell, the former Morton player. At the other end, popular local keeper Steven Grindlay was rarely under pressure.
After the break sub Bryan Prunty, another fans favourite, opened the scoring with a fine diving header after a Kirkpatrick cross, and minutes later he came close to a second before keeper Fox saved.
A deflected Ryan Stevenson shot left Grindlay with no chance and the scores were level. Some good play followed from the much changed teams, but not much in the way of goal chances.
Mark Gilhaney is pictured holding off a tackle, with David van Zanten in attendance.