Friday 30th August 2019

DUMBARTON’S league campaign reaches matchday five tomorrow with a trip to the northeast to play Montrose.

It will be another demanding game on the all-weather surface at Links Park, despite the Gable Endies’ current position of 10th in League One.

After back to back wins over Peterhead and Stranraer, confidence is high among the Sons squad, but manager Jim Duffy knows all too well the importance of facing the game the right way.

He said: “Montrose’s position in the table is immaterial to how challenging tomorrow will be. It will be a very difficult game.

“They have had a very tough start in terms of fixtures and St Johnstone have also been beaten at Links Park in the Betfred Cup.

“However, there is no reason why we should not be confident in ourselves after posting two fine results in the last fortnight.

“We will go there hopeful of making it three in a row and further improving our position in the League One table.”

The gaffer hopes to have Mati Zata, Stefan McCluskey and Matthew Shiels available for the trip to Angus after they missed last week’s win over Stranraer.

Having all three available would make it a full squad to be chosen from.

Referee Peter Stuart will oversee the match, with assistance from Stuart Hodge and Gordon Crawford.

In five meetings last season, each team won twice with one clash drawn.

In-play Twitter commentary will be available @dumbartonfc, and www.dumbartonfootballclub.com will have its match report online as soon as possible after the final whistle.

Seats are still available on the Sons Supporters Trust Travel Section bus, which leaves Church Street at 11am. Contact Tommy Hughes at memsecy@sonstrust.net to book.

Andy Galloway

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