Friday 25th August 2017

EVEN this early in the season every game is a challenge, and another one of those awaits Dumbarton tomorrow when they are at home to Dunfermline Athletic.

The Pars are currently second in the Championship table after three games, having drawn with Livingston before beating Inverness CT and Falkirk, both at home.

Manager Stevie Aitken is well aware of the tough test his players face at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, but knows that they are capable of taking something from the game.

He said: “Having a full week to train with no midweek game has given us the chance to work on a few things, and I’m confident we’ll see the benefits of that against Dunfermline.

“We are well aware that they have made a great start, but we’re looking forward to it and will make sure that if they do take anything, it will be hard earned.”

The gaffer reports that Craig Barr (pictured), who withdrew from the pre-match warm-up at Queen of the South last week, is fit and available to play tomorrow.

But Mark Stewart will be missing, along with long-term injury victim Grant Gallagher.

In terms of Sons’ record against Dunfermline, it is probably fair to say that the Pars had the best of the sides’ four meetings last season.

They won three of the four clashes, including a 2-0 victory on their last visit to Dumbarton in April. Their other trip ended in a 2-2 draw, preventing a clean sweep.

Barry Cook is the referee for tomorrow’s game, while Andy Milne and David Burns will assist.

Supporters are reminded of the new stadium access arrangements which are now in place, meaning that season ticket holders enter via the turnstiles.

Copies of the club’s matchday programme, Sons View, will be on sale priced £2.50.

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