Friday 1st November 2019

DUMBARTON make the short trip to Airdrie tomorrow and are keen to build on the progress made during October, which saw two wins and a draw from three games.

Manager Jim Duffy saw his troops pick up full points against Forfar Athletic and Peterhead, and also earn their first league clean sheet of the season against Stranraer, last month.

Tomorrow’s trip to the Penny Cars Stadium will, though, be another stern test of Sons’ credentials to do well in this season’s League One.

While that fact is not lost on the manager, he is optimistic that there can be further strides made, with Dumbarton having lost only once since being beaten 1-0 by the Diamonds in September.

He said: “Recent progress on the field has been pleasing although we know there is a long way to go and how tough it will be at Airdrie tomorrow.

“The fact that the two teams are on the same number of points in the league shows how well they are matched, as did the first meeting this season.

“Airdrie simply did something we were unlucky not to do, which was put the ball in the net. They also managed to do that four times at Forfar last week and will be buoyant from that.

“But our focus is on redressing the balance against them and getting a result tomorrow, which we will only do if we are on our game.”

With Ryan McGeever and Jordan McMillan making the squad after fitness checks last week, and McGeever of course having scored against Peterhead, it is a full squad available to travel to Airdrie.

Sons fans will be seated in section C of the main stand at the Penny Cars Stadium tomorrow, with admission costing £17 for adults, £10 for concessions and £7 for under-16s.

Craig Napier is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will have assistance from Dougie Potter and David Dunne.

The Sons Supporters Trust travel section is running a bus to the game, leaving Church Street at 1pm.

Seats are still available and can be booked by contacting Tommy Hughes at memsecy@sonstrust.net. The price is £7 for trust members and under-16s and £10 for non-members.

Tommy himself will be absent from the bus tomorrow due to other commitments. Fellow supporter Raymond Reid will be in charge of the bus if you have any queries on the day.

Andy Galloway

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