Friday 26th March 2021

THE packed ending to the season is about to really kick in for Dumbarton, starting with tomorrow’s home fixture against Peterhead.

It is the first of seven matches Sons will face in the next two weeks, and is an important one to claw back the gap to the Blue Toon in the League One table.

Peterhead are five points clear of Sons in seventh place, but have played two games more. While victory for Dumbarton will not overhaul them tomorrow, it will make the league table better reading.

Although events last Saturday remain in the backs of people’s minds, Sons were boosted by a convincing 4-0 win over Huntly in Tuesday’s Scottish Cup second round tie.

Manager Jim Duffy said: “It goes without saying that we were pleased to win on Tuesday night but what was even more pleasing was how solid we looked.

“We were well in command of the game in terms of possession and were good value for our victory. However, that game is now in the past and we concentrate on facing Peterhead tomorrow.

“We need to be putting points on the board and while the schedule will be tough for us, it represents consistent opportunities to get those points.

“I will be looking for the same cutting edge and solidity we showed on Tuesday night, and for us to be closer to Peterhead in the table at close of play.”

Action from the sides’ last meeting, won 1-0 by Peterhead in November. Copyright Andy Scott Photos 2020.

Joshua Bradley-Hurst and Daniel Church remain out tomorrow, but no new injuries have been reported after the Huntly game.

Having not played since the return to action, Rico Quitongo’s fitness will be checked ahead of the game.

Tomorrow’s action is of course behind closed doors, and details are as per our previous story.

Season ticket holders get the game as part of their season ticket while non-holders and Peterhead fans will pay £12 to stream.

Like Dumbarton, Peterhead have had one win and one defeat since they resumed playing, but their results have come in reverse.

They were 1-0 winners at home to Airdrieonians in League One last Saturday but were beaten by the same scoreline at home to Stenhousemuir in Tuesday night’s Scottish Cup tie.

The previous three meetings of Dumbarton and Peterhead have all also ended 1-0, with Sons winning in October 2019 followed by two victories for the Blue Toon.

Chris Graham is the referee for tomorrow’s game and will have assistance from Graham Chambers and Elliott Husband Powton.

Andy Galloway

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