Friday 18th March 2022

IT is back to action at the Dumbarton Football Stadium for Sons tomorrow, starting a home double header against Falkirk.

The two teams need the points for contrasting reasons, with the Bairns chasing the top four while Dumbarton are seeking to escape the bottom two of cinch League One.

Although Sons did beat Falkirk away from home in September, the balance has tipped in the Bairns’ favour since then, with two resounding victories for them.

Manager Stevie Farrell is wary of their intent to register a third tomorrow, but hopes the hard work on the training pitch will pay off.

The gaffer, who will be haggis bearer at tonight’s Sonstrust Burns Supper, said: “We need to be putting results on the board; it’s that simple.

“Last week’s result was a huge disappointment, and what made it even more frustrating is that we lost an early goal again.

“It’s a habit we must get out of. We must be switched on from the start and be ready to face Falkirk, who need the points themselves.

“We’ve continued to work hard on the training pitch, but it’s what we do on the match pitch that counts.

“We must draw a line under the previous games and have confidence we can get a result tomorrow. We know that it can be done.”

Stuart Carswell is suspended after his late red card against East Fife last Saturday, and will join Joshua Oyinsan, Ryan McGeever and Kristoffer Syvertsen on the sidelines.

However, Ross MacLean returns after serving a suspension and Gregor Buchanan has recovered from the illness that made him a late call-off last Saturday.

Carswell’s ban is only for this game and he will be eligible to face Montrose next week.

With Covid cases increasing across Scotland, supporters are reminded of the protocols which remain in place.

All those attending the game are asked to wear a face covering in all indoor areas, except when seated in Bar 72. You are also encouraged to take a lateral flow test before arrival at the stadium.

If you are not able to attend tomorrow, live streaming is available. We’ll also have in-play Twitter commentary on our feed @DumbartonFC.

Steven Kirkland will referee Dumbarton for the fifth time this season tomorrow. He will be assisted by Alastair Mather and Mark Harris.

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