Arbroath 4-3 Dumbarton

Scottish Football League

Arbroath remain joint-top of Scottish Football League Division Two after beating Dumbarton by the odd goal in seven.

The hosts raced into a three-goal lead inside 26 minutes with strikes from Kieran McAnespie and Stuart Malcolm and a free-kick by Gavin Swankie.

Martin McNiff's header reduced the visitors' deficit early in the second half and Scott Agnew converted Ryan Borris's pass to bring the Sons to within a goal of their opponents.

But Steven Doris claimed a fourth goal for Arbroath and, though McNiff scored againg for Dumbarton, the three points went to the Gayfield side.

Arbroath: Hill, Baxter, Malcolm, Wedderburn, McAnespie, Sibanda (Gibson 70), Kerr, Falkingham, Monti (Ardallany 64), Doris (Bryce 90), Swankie. Subs Not Used: White, Busch.

Booked: Sibanda, Doris, Ardallany.

Goals: McAnespie 21, Malcolm 23, Swankie 26, Doris 79.

Dumbarton: Grindlay, Nugent, Lithgow, Creaney, McNiff, Agnew, Nicoll, Borris (McKell 87), Gilhaney, Prunty, Walker (Winters 46). Subs Not Used: Ewings, Wallace, Ramage.

Booked: Nicoll, Creaney, Prunty, Gilhaney.

Goals: McNiff 51, Agnew 65, McNiff 83.

Att: 723

Ref: Matt Northcroft