Friday 1st April 2016

This weekend’s Ladbrokes Championship match at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, sponsored by Alger Electrics, is an important game for Dumbarton.

After the international break, Sons are looking to bounce back from their last encounter, a deeply disappointing heavy defeat at Palmerston against Queen of the South.

Even so, Stevie Aitken’s side are still in a prime position to secure Championship football for another year and are two points ahead of Livingston in the division with a game in hand.

The Lions though could relegate Alloa Athletic tomorrow with a win, so it’s an important afternoon in the Ladbrokes SPFL Championship.

Sons are searching for their first win since the 3-1 defeat on Alloa Athletic on 8th March, while Greenock Morton, having more or less secured Championship football for next season, have lost three of their last six matches, including a 1-0 defeat against Raith Rovers last weekend. Morton’s ‘on the road’ form has seen them collect 17 points from 15 trips (from a total of 38).

Gaffer Aitken said: “We have had some time to recover from the disaster at Palmerston and the lads have again responded professionally. It’s a huge game tomorrow. We can’t worry about what other teams do as it’s all about what we do for ourselves.”

Crawford Allan will be the man in charge on Saturday. Andy Milne and Calum Spence will be Mr Allan’s assistants. Over 26 matches, Crawford has issued 74 yellow cards and 4 reds.

Last time he refereed a Sons match was in January, when Dumbarton secured a single-goal victory against Livingston at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

In Sons’ team news, midfielder Jon Routledge (pictured) is set to return following suspension. Mark Docherty is also available. There are no injuries to report, with the squad having a clean bill of health.

Voting takes place this weekend, in the stadium’s Community Suite, for the Sonstrust’s player and young player of the year. Event tickets for the awards party on 30th April are also on sale, priced at just £5.

Alan Findlay & Simon Barrow

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