Friday 30th September 2022

AFTER 11 days out of action, Dumbarton get back to business tomorrow with a trip to face Forfar Athletic to complete the first quarter of the season.

The visit to Station Park is Sons’ first opportunity to bounce back after the recent 3-2 defeat at Stranraer ended the great unbeaten start to the cinch League Two season.

It is now all about starting another sequence of results, and retaining at least the seven-point cushion Dumbarton currently enjoy at the top of the table.

Manager Stevie Farrell is raring to go along with his players, but acknowledges the task facing them tomorrow, having seen it first hand last week.

He said: “We feel we have used the break well. The players have trained well this week and are desperate to get going again.

“I took the chance to watch Forfar play Stirling last Saturday, with those being our next two opponents. They may have lost but that did not tell the full story.

“They started the game very well, creating chances, and were unlucky not to open the scoring. That is something we must be wary of tomorrow.

“However, if we guard against that, and perform as we know we can, there is no reason for us not to be confident. We are looking forward to it.”

Sons are set to travel in greater numbers than they did last time out. Stuart Carswell (pictured), Gregg Wylde and John Gemmell are all restored to the squad.

Defender Edin Lynch is the only expected absentee, with injury continuing to rule him out.

Admission to Station Park is via cash at the turnstile. Prices to get into the ground are £14 for adults, £8 for ages 65 and over and £5 for under-17s. For adults and 65 and over, it costs an extra £1 to access the seated stand.

The 1984 Lounge at the stadium will be open to all supporters from 12.30pm and will welcome home and away supporters.

The supporters’ bus leaves Church Street in Dumbarton at 11am. For details of any remaining seats please see our previous story.

Forfar currently sit ninth in cinch League Two, having been beaten 4-1 at home by Stirling Albion in their previous game last Saturday. They have taken seven points out of 28 so far.

Tomorrow is our first game at Station Park since October 2020, when the teams drew 0-0 behind closed doors in the opening game of that league season.

Our last win there was the previous visit, a 4-3 success in December 2019, which was our supporters’ last opportunity to take in a match at Station Park.

Alastair Grieve is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will have assistance from Ross Nelson and Darren Munro.

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