Friday 26th August 2022

DUMBARTON are looking to make it five wins out of five in the league tomorrow when Elgin City visit Dumbarton Football Stadium. in a match sponsored by Signs Express Glasgow.

After an excellent performance in the first four rounds of cinch League Two action, Sons are aiming to maintain the 100 per cent start.

But tomorrow’s game is set to be a difficult one against an Elgin side who have been difficult for other clubs to play against so far.

Manager Stevie Farrell says that regardless of what victory means, the focus is simply on ensuring another three points are posted.

He said: “We have had a good league season so far, but it is only 10 per cent of the way through and there is a long road ahead.

“Although we are pleased with our goal return and defensive shape in the league to date, they are things we need to keep going on a consistent basis.

“Elgin will test each of those facets and we expect a tough examination over the 90 minutes tomorrow, but that does not mean we should not be confident.

“If we go out with the right attitude, and keep doing things as well as we have been doing them, then hopefully the good start can carry on.”

Ross MacLean and Edin Lynch will again not feature through injury; other than that all players are expected to be available.

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.

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. We will post details when it has gone live.

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.

Elgin have already proven themselves to be tough opposition to play against this season.

After losing 3-1 at home to East Fife, they drew 2-2 at Stirling Albion having led 2-0. They have drawn their two subsequent league matches 2-2, firstly away to Forfar Athletic and then at home to Stranraer last Saturday.

They have a three-way tie at the top of their league scoring charts – Kane Hester, Darryl McHardy and Russell Dingwall are all on two goals each.

This is our first meeting with Elgin since November 2017, when a Stuart Carswell (pictured) free kick was the only goal of the game at home to them in the Scottish Cup third round.

It is our first league meeting since our 6-0 win, also at home, which pretty much sealed promotion as Third Division champions in May 2009. Our other home fixture against them that season also ended in a 2-0 win.

We have a busy day in hospitality tomorrow, welcoming match sponsors Signs Express Glasgow, and our two match ball sponsors, the Rotary Club of Dumbarton and former player Martin Mooney.

Referee Duncan Williams makes a swift return to Dumbarton, having also been in charge of our 2-0 win at home to Stirling Albion last month. He will be assisted tomorrow by Colin McAlpine and Craig MacRae.

Dumbarton Football Club

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