DUMBARTON failed to halt Falkirk's challenge to the top two in the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship in a perpetual downpour at the Falkirk Stadium in front of a 4,013 crowd.
A 36th minute goal by Blair Alston after a short free kick decided the match, with the three points deservedly going to Peter Houston's men, conquerors of Rangers a week earlier.
Sons battled bravely throughout, but rarely looked like scoring. The home side should have added to their total, but found keeper Mark Brown and defender Frazer Wright in fine form.
The visitors best chance was an instinctive volley from Jordan Kirkpatrick just before the interval (pictured), but it went just wide. The same player — given the main striker role for the first time — also came close in the second half.
The result leaves Stevie Aitken's men in seventh place in the Championship on 18 points, with Livingston and St Mirren three points behind with a game in hand each. Alloa Athletic are bottom on eight points.