Friday 24th January 2020
IT is back to league action for Dumbarton tomorrow, and a return to northeast Scotland when they travel to face Peterhead.
Having matched Aberdeen stride for stride in last Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie, Sons felt hard done by not to have another crack at the Dons in a replay.
But it is hoped that disappointment can translate on to the pitch against the Blue Toon, who Dumbarton have a 100 per cent record against so far.
They have in fact won all of their last five league clashes with Peterhead, and six of their last seven in all competitions.
However, everybody is aware that the home side will make every effort to stop them extending that run, with another demanding 90 minutes in prospect.
Manager Jim Duffy said: “We may not have come away from Aberdeen with a result but we came away with our heads held high – and that has been reflected in training this week.
“The players know how well they competed at Pittodrie and have been in good spirits – but they also know that the standard is now set.
“We will be looking for the same application as we saw in the cup tie, and hopefully this time it will bring us some reward in terms of the result.
“We know that Peterhead will be looking to stop us from doing so and can move closer to us in the table if they win. It is up to us to ensure that we keep ourselves at arm’s length from them and continue to move forward.”
Once again, striker Isaac Layne is missing for Sons but skipper Stuart Carswell trained last night after missing the Aberdeen game.
Loan signing Sam Wardrop is added to the squad and there may be a league debut for Callum Wilson as well.
Steven Kirkland is the referee tomorrow, assisted by Stuart Hodge and Robin Taylor.
The Sons Supporters Trust travel section bus is running tomorrow and leaves Church Street at 9am. Seats are still available and can be booked by contacting Tommy Hughes at email@example.com or on 07710 771341.