Tuesday 20th September 2022

IT is a quick return to action for Dumbarton tonight as they bid to make it eight consecutive league wins at the start of this season away to Stranraer.

Despite the great start to the season, everybody at the club knows that every game remains a challenge and the hard work must continue.

Manager Stevie Farrell, ahead of returning to the ground where he was previously manager, is looking for another show of hard work from his players, who have 11 days until their next game after tonight.

But confidence is high, even more so after Saturday’s win over Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic, and the manager hopes the good work can continue to be rewarded.

The manager said: “Stranraer are undefeated at home in the league so far and they will want to keep that going.

“It is a tightly-contested league and every point is vital towards teams’ ambitions, so as ever we must be on our guard.

“However, as well as a target of being the first visitors to win at Stair Park in the league, we also have the aim of making it eight wins out of eight to start the season.

“The players’ spirits remain high and if we go and apply ourselves and meet the challenge properly, we should be confident ahead of the game.”

John Gemmell and Edin Lynch remain out for tonight’s game. Stuart Carswell and Gregg Wylde have had to withdraw due to work commitments.

Joe McKee (pictured) and Ross MacLean could be given more minutes as they progress their returns from injury.

Admission to Stair Park is by cash at the turnstile, with admission costing £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for 12 to 16-year-olds. Under-12s go free.

There is no supporters’ bus running tonight.

As above, Stranraer have yet to lose at home in the league this season. Annan Athletic were beaten there on the opening day of the season, while Bonnyrigg Rose and East Fife have each been held to a 2-2 draw.

The Blues go into the match in ninth place in cinch League Two, having been heavily beaten away to Stirling Albion on Saturday.

Sons are unbeaten on their last three visits to Stranraer, the last two of those being goalless draws. The occasion before that, in February 2019, was a 3-0 win.

Steven Kirkland is the referee for tonight’s game, and will be assisted by Gary Hilland and David Ingram.

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