Friday 4th March 2022

DUMBARTON return home tomorrow to face Queen’s Park, needing the points as the final quarter of the season gets underway.

An eventful game at Peterhead last Saturday saw Sons move back into the bottom two of League One after being beaten by the odd goal in seven.

Tomorrow’s visitors beat Peterhead 2-1 in midweek, keeping the gap between Dumbarton and the Blue Toon at two points.

But manager Stevie Farrell is in no mood to be charitable to the Spiders, who have yet to drop a point against Sons this season.

The gaffer said: “It goes without saying that we’re looking for a repeat of last week’s second half performance rather than the first – but with 11 men on the pitch.

“Despite reduced numbers in the second half last week we showed how capable we are of scoring goals when we are on our game.

“Unfortunately we had given ourselves too much to do in the first half, and that was our downfall.

“As with all defeats, we must now draw a line under it and look to move forward again. We know from our previous meetings that Queen’s Park will give us a tough test and we must be ready.

“We gave them a good contest last time out, but came away with nothing, so we must look to go one step further tomorrow.”

Ryan McGeever and Kristoffer Syvertsen are once again out injured, and will be joined on the sidelines by Paul Paton and Ross MacLean, who are suspended.

Unfortunately, striker Joshua Oyinsan has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and he will not feature tomorrow either.

Paton is suspended for tomorrow’s game only, while MacLean, having already been dismissed this season, will serve a two-match ban and so will miss the East Fife match as well.

Our young supporters are reminded of a special open forum which is taking place before the game, starting at midday.

As Covid-19 restrictions currently remain in place, supporters remain asked to wear a face covering in indoor areas, apart from when seated in Bar 72.

The bar will also be open after the game tomorrow, allowing our supporters to enjoy refreshments into the early evening.

If you can’t make the game tomorrow, then live streaming is available.

We will also have in-play Twitter commentary on our feed @DumbartonFC.

Steven Reid is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will be assisted by Drew Kirkland and Sean Murdoch.

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