Friday 22nd April 2016

SONS and Saints will meet for the fourth time in the league season this weekend, and of the four this last encounter is undoubtedly the most important for Dumbarton.

A win for Stevie Aitken’s team on what could be #SurvivalSaturday. allied to a draw or a loss for Livingston at Palmerston, will see Sons safe in the Championship for 2016/17.

Meanwhile, St Mirren will wish to seize the opportunity to add another win to campaign which has ultimately been one of under-achievement in mid-table.

“It’s our last home game of the season and we want to win the game against the Buddies. Three points should help us get over the line in terms of staying away from the play-offs but it will be a tough game,” declared gaffer Stevie Aitken.

“St Mirren still have a lot to play for in terms of league position and under Alex (Rae) they have become hard to break down,” he added.

Our match sponsor for this important game is Sports Catering. We welcome Rosalind and her guests and we’re sure they will enjoy their hospitality day with us.

The match referee will be Kevin Graham, and he will be assisted by Stuart Stevenson and David Room.

Manager Aitken who made one change in the loss against Raith Rovers by bringing in Grant Gallagher in place of Kevin Cawley, waits on the fitness of Mark Docherty. Christian Nade (pictured), who strained his hamstring in the Rovers match is a doubt but could feature from the bench.

Members of the club’s Club Academy Scotland youth development squads with their coaches will be taking part in the season’s second ‘Quids for the Kids’ initiative.

We are asking supporters who attend tomorrow’s match against St Mirren to drop just one pound into special collection buckets, which will be carried by coaches/parents and players of the YDI at the match.

All proceeds will be used for the club’s youth and community programme.

Alan Findlay & Simon Barrow

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