Friday 14th October 2022

DUMBARTON return home to face Albion Rovers tomorrow looking to return to winning ways and retain top spot in cinch League Two.

The match, sponsored by Jackson Boyd Solicitors and David Brownlee, is the first opportunity to bounce back from a tough afternoon last Saturday.

Having won 2-1 last time out in August, with a winning goal by Ryan Wallace (pictured), Sons are looking to make it two wins out of two against the men from Coatbridge.

But perhaps more importantly, manager Stevie Farrell wants his team to show why they are top of the league – and finish the afternoon in that very position by returning to that winning feeling.

The manager said: “We know we cannot rewrite the history books, but what is done is done and we remain in the league position we want to be in.

“The last few games have handed us a big lesson in how difficult it will be to stay there, and no team, regardless of position in the league, is going to make it easy for us.

“However, we have shown that we are good enough to win games in this division, consistently, and we must return to the performances which saw us generate those results.

“We are in a league position that proves we are a capable side when we play as we know we can. I will be looking for a performance and result tomorrow that proves it too.”

Defender Edin Lynch will again be absent tomorrow and has unfortunately suffered a minor setback which could delay his return to action. All at DFC continue to wish him well in his recovery.

Otherwise, all players are expected to be available tomorrow.

Admission for home and away supporters who are paying on the day is via cash at the turnstile. Prices are £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s or students (proof of concession required) and £5 for under-16s.

Season ticket holders and Young Sons members of course only need to produce their ticket at the turnstile to gain entry.

Tickets can also be bought in advance of your visit to Dumbarton Football Stadium.

Parking at the stadium costs £3, but includes the chance to win some money in our 50/50 half time draw. There are ample parking spaces available.

Our half time draw can also be entered electronically if you are unable to attend the game.

Away supporters will be situated in their usual area of the west side of the stand – the one furthest away from Castle Road.

However, they will be able to enter through the east turnstiles and gain access to Bar 72 for a pre-match drink, along with Sons supporters. The bar is open from 1.30pm.

Albion Rovers head into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Elgin City on Tuesday evening – their second midweek journey up and down the A9 already this season.

Last Saturday they were 2-1 winners at home to Bonnyrigg Rose. It was their second league victory over the SPFL newcomers this season.

Charlie Reilly is top scorer at Cliftonhill, with five league goals to his name so far.

Tomorrow will be Rovers’ first visit to Dumbarton in any competition since August 2013, when Mark Gilhaney scored the only goal of a League Cup second round tie.

In league terms, they were last visitors to G82 in February 2012, and were beaten 1-0 that day too, this time through a Bryan Prunty goal.

We have a busy day in hospitality tomorrow, with our two match sponsors joined by match ball sponsor George Swanson and his party.

Many other guests will be joining us and we hope everybody has a great day.

We have other guests at the game too, with a food collection taking place for West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare, and men’s health charity Cahonas also attending with information.

Peter Stuart will referee tomorrow’s game, with assistance from Chris Rae and Michael MacDermid.

Dumbarton Football Club

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