Friday 5th August 2022

DUMBARTON play their first away fixture of the league season tomorrow at Albion Rovers – and there is some good news ahead of the trip.

After nearly 10 months on the sidelines, club captain Ryan McGeever is fit and ready to return to the squad at Cliftonhill.

Other players are set to be available for selection after missing last week’s win over Stirling Albion – but a good result in that game has caused manager Stevie Farrell a headache.

The Sons gaffer was also anxious to stress that despite the forecasts of some pundits for Rovers this season, his men face a challenging fixture tomorrow.

He said: “Frank McKeown and I have watched Albion Rovers during pre-season, and we also had them watched last Saturday when they played Stenhousemuir.

“All of those times, they did very well. We are in for a difficult test tomorrow and must be on top of our game.

“But that should not stop us looking forward to the game. We have an opportunity to build on the good start we made last week against Stirling.

“That game is now in the past and tomorrow is another game. We must go to Coatbridge and apply ourselves, and hopefully we can give our fans a good day.”

Ironically, McGeever’s first game available again is just down the road from where he played his last one, at Airdrie last October.

Finlay Gray is available after serving a suspension last Saturday, and Ryan Wallace could return. Edin Lynch is the only player absent tomorrow.

The manager added: “It is a boost for us to have greater numbers available, but the players who played against Stirling last week acquitted themselves well.

“We have a number of decisions to make, but it will be a team that we think is capable of winning the match.”

Admission tomorrow is by cash or card at the turnstiles on Main Street. Admission is £14 for adults, £10 for concessions (OAP, unemployed, ages 14-17), and £3 for under-14s. Carers go free.

On-street parking is available adjacent to the ground or in nearby streets.

The nearest railway station is Coatdyke, which is regularly served by Helensburgh-Edinburgh and Balloch-Airdrie trains. A return ticket from Dumbarton Central costs £8.

There is no segregation at Cliftonhill, but away supporters will be directed to the east end of the stand. Once you have gone through the turnstiles, please turn right up the staircase.

Rovers started their league season with a 1-0 defeat at Stenhousemuir, a match they were unlucky not to take something from.

Their Premier Sports Cup campaign also saw them knocked out but not disgraced in a tough section.

They won away to Kelty Hearts and lost narrowly at home to Livingston and Cove Rangers, with only Inverness CT winning comfortably against them.

This is our first meeting with Rovers since August 2013, when a Mark Gilhaney goal for Sons was the only one of the game in a League Cup first round tie at Dumbarton.

It is our first visit to Cliftonhill since April 2012, when we drew 1-1 in the old Second Division.

Steven Kirkland is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will have assistance from Graeme Leslie and Ross Cooper.

Dumbarton Football Club

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