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Dumbarton 1 Alloa Athletic 1

When the ball held up in the wind with just 12 minutes to go, those inside the Bet Butler Stadium last night held their breath.

Bryan Prunty has become renowned for producing the odd spectacular finish and he would embellish that reputation further as Dumbarton earned a draw at home.

Alloa Athletic had spent most of the night in front - Kevin Cawley's shot after 24 minutes giving them a lead - but it was cancelled out by Prunty. The striker watched as Bryan Gilhaney lofted a cross in the penalty area late in the game and pulled off a spectacular overhead kick to pull Dumbarton level.

It was an arresting piece of skill and also stopped short talk of Paul Hartley perhaps unexpectedly continuing in his post at Alloa. The manager had been interviewed for position at Inverness Caledonian Thistle only to miss out to John Hughes, although the Recreation Park side seemed content to carry on from where they were this season.

That is in fourth in the SPFL Championship and their position seemed under little threat in the early stages last night. Scott Bain, the Alloa goalkeeper, was well protected by his defence; their stalwart efforts restricting the home side to a series of shots from distance, none of which caused alarm.

Cawley then had them ahead after 24 minutes when he collected Graeme Holmes' pass, while Stephen Simmons had a chance to extend the lead only to hit a post. It was a moment of fortune for Dumbarton which would be followed by a piece of brilliance from Prunty.

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