Friday 16th September 2022

DUMBARTON return to match action tomorrow, with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic making their first ever league visit to Dumbarton Football Stadium in a match sponsored by the Clyde Bar, Helensburgh.

It is Sons’ first home game for three weeks, and indeed the last for almost a month, and an opportunity they are determined to make the most of.

Perhaps of equal significance is an opportunity to continue the 100 per cent start to the season, although it is known how tough a task that will be.

Manager Stevie Farrell is looking forward to the game, but is wary of the challenge that the SPFL newcomers will offer after making an impressive start themselves.

He said: “The players have been training well again this week and are very keen to get back to match action, especially on our own pitch.

“Everybody is keen for the opportunity to put another victory on the board, but we know it will not be straightforward.

“Bonnyrigg had an excellent season last year in the Lowland League and have not looked out of place in our division so far. It will be a tough game; that is for sure.

“However, we have shown so far how capable we are ourselves and confidence is high. We are ready for the challenge.”

Edin Lynch is the only player definitely out of tomorrow’s game, remaining out with injury. John Gemmell also may not be available.

However, Ross MacLean (pictured) and Joe McKee could be in contention again after injury, and Michael Garrity may also make his debut.

Prior to kick-off tomorrow, a minute’s applause will pay tribute to Dumbarton supporter Kenny Crichton, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who both passed away last week.

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.

Bonnyrigg have adapted well to life in the SPFL to date, winning three of their six fixtures so far. They go into tomorrow’s game in joint second place in cinch League Two.

In their last outing, they were beaten 2-0 away to Elgin City, but they have registered victories over Forfar Athletic, East Fife and Stirling Albion in the league to date.

Ex-Dumbarton striker Kevin Smith, who joined Bonnyrigg from East Fife in the close season, is top scorer across all competitions at New Dundas Park, with five goals.

This is the first ever league meeting between the sides, but they clashed in the 2016/17 Scottish Cup third round. After a 0-0 draw at New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg won the replay 1-0.

We have a busy day in hospitality tomorrow, welcoming match sponsors the Clyde Bar, and our matchball sponsors Lewis Carmichael and Gordon Campbell, along with many other guests. We hope all those joining us have a great day – many thanks for your support.

Colin Whyte will referee tomorrow’s game, and will be assisted by Jonathan Bell and Stuart Broadfoot.

Dumbarton Football Club

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