Dumbarton play host to Stranraer tomorrow as the cinch League Two 2022/23 season comes to an end.
Though tomorrow will see the end of the regular campaign, it’s not the last of the competitive action for Sons who are set to take part in the League One play-offs in just a few days time.
Opponents Stranraer have recorded back-to-back wins after appointing former Dumbarton favourite Scott Agnew as manager last month.
Aggy has guided his side to victories over Elgin City and Stenhousemuir with tomorrow’s trip to G82 set to be his first away game in charge.
The Stair Park side are safe from relegation at the foot of the table after those results and could finish as high as fifth if results were to go their way tomorrow.
For Dumbarton boss Stevie Farrell, gaining a positive result to take into the play-offs is key.
He told the clubs website: “Last week against Elgin I felt we were unfortunate to lose the game in the manner in which we did but the main thing for us was coming through with no new injuries or suspensions.
“With our place in second guaranteed after the last few games, it’s now just all about building that last bit of momentum heading into the play-offs.
“There were a few changes to the side last weekend and we will be making the most of the squad again tomorrow to ensure all our returning players are fit and ready to go.
“Those players coming into the side will also have the opportunity to impress and earn a jersey heading in to what we hope is a busy period of games in the next couple of weeks.”
Only Ryan Wallace and John Gemmell remain out for tomorrow with an otherwise full squad to choose from.
Stranraer brought an end to Dumbarton’s record-breaking run of wins at the start of the season with a 3-2 victory on a Tuesday night back in September.
Martin McNiff and Joe McKee had brought Sons level after they found themselves two goals down but a late penalty from Paul Woods earned the home side three points.
Sons got revenge in November when goals from Gregor Buchanan [pictured] and Michael Garrity secured three points whilst Buchanan found the scoresheet again when the sides met at Stair Park, heading home the second goal of the game after Ross MacLean opened the scoring.
Admission for fans paying on the day costs £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s and students (valid ID required), and £5 for under-16s. Season ticket holders and Young Sons members will of course get in with their passes as usual. Turnstiles and Bar 72 will open from 1:30pm.
Away supporters will be situated in the west section of the stand, but are welcome to enter through the home turnstiles and make use of Bar 72 before the game.
50/50 tickets will be available throughout both concourses – but why not beat the queues and buy your ticket online? Visit https://dfc.sumupstore.com/products to get yours.
Tickets also remain on sale for our Player of the Year night which takes place at the stadium tomorrow evening. See Gillie Brough in Bar 72 before kick-off or purchase online here: Player of the Year Awards – Dumbarton Football Club.
As well as the awards ceremony itself, there will be the opportunity to meet the players and management with food and entertainment provided by Gracious Partys. Our thanks go to Stephen Dunn for providing the entertainment free of charge.
We are delighted to report that hospitality for tomorrow is sold out and we hope all our guests enjoy our five-star experience. We are also incredibly grateful to long-term Sons fan and volunteer at the club Paul McDonald for sponsoring the game in memory of his late father.
Alan Newlands is tomorrow’s match referee and will be assisted by Gary Hilland and Lewis Hogarth.