Friday 19th August 2022

MATCHDAY four in this season’s cinch League Two takes place tomorrow, with Dumbarton travelling to face Stenhousemuir at Ochilview Park.

With a 100 per cent record to try to maintain, Sons are keen to get back into match action, but know they face another challenge.

The Warriors are expected to be tough opponents, and manager Stevie Farrell fully expects that will be the case.

However, buoyed by a fine result and performance against Annan Athletic last week, Dumbarton are ready for the test.

The manager said: “We are in a good place at the moment and we want to finish the day where we start it, but we know it will not be easy.

“Stenhousemuir are fancied by many people to do well in the league this season, and after a difficult spell they will want to show why that is the case.

“We know they will not be easy opponents and we need to keep the high standard of late going if we are to pick up another result.

“However, we know we are capable and should be confident going into the game. We know what is at stake for us and we aim to take the opportunity.”

Unfortunately Ross MacLean remains troubled by a hamstring injury and won’t be available tomorrow, while Edin Lynch also misses out again.

Ryan Wallace (pictured) is added to the squad having missed last week’s game with personal commitments.

Admission to Ochilview is £14 for adults, £9 for concessions and £5 for children. You can pay at the turnstile or purchase a ticket in advance via the Fanbase app.

Away supporters are located on the terracing behind the goal nearest Tryst Road.

The supporters’ bus to Ochilview is full and will depart from Church Street in Dumbarton at 1pm.

The nearest train station is Larbert – but due to industrial action taking place on the railways, service is extremely limited tomorrow.

The last train from Larbert to Glasgow Queen Street is at 5.34pm, and this will not meet the last train from Glasgow Queen Street to stations in Dumbarton.

Stenny performed well during their Premier Sports Cup section, defeating Fraserburgh and Montrose, but beaten by Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock.

They made a winning start to cinch League Two business this season, beating Albion Rovers 1-0 at home. However, they have lost back to back away games since then, 2-1 at Annan Athletic and then 3-0 at Stirling Albion last week.

It is not actually that long since we last met, doing so in the opening group stage fixture in last season’s Premier Sports Cup, Stenny winning 2-1 at Dumbarton.

We were last in the same league in season 2018/19, in League One. Stenny won two of our four meetings, with Dumbarton winning one, and one draw.

That draw was our last visit to Ochilview, a match which ended 2-2 in December 2018.

Our last victory there was in February 2012, by a 2-1 scoreline.

Gavin Duncan is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will be assisted by Graham McNeillie and Nathan Clac-Mansfield.

Dumbarton Football Club

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