MATCH PREVIEW: ANNAN ATHLETIC VS DUMBARTON

Dumbarton are in Scottish Cup third round action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Galabank to take on Annan Athletic [kick-off 3.00pm].

Sons come into the tie on good form having won their last four fixtures, stretching back to the second round victory over Banks O’Dee last month.

Annan, meanwhile, are struggling to get to grips with life in cinch League One as they have failed to win any of their last seven fixtures and sit in the relegation play-off spot at the foot of the table.

Despite the contrast in recent results for each sides, boss Stevie Farrell insists that it’s not going to be easy as he is keen to keep their Scottish Cup journey to keep going.

He told the clubs website: “In the last four weeks we have won four very different football matches that have showed everything this team has to offer – determination, quality, belief, heart, and a whole lot more.

“It hasn’t been easy for Annan making the step up but all of their recent results have been extremely tight so they are starting to click and they will see the Scottish Cup as an opportunity to get back on track.

“They have plenty of talent throughout their squad, but we know we are a good team when we are at it as well and we will need to demonstrate all of the qualities we have shown in recent weeks if we are to progress.

“And, whilst some of our supporters potentially have revenge on their minds, the focus for myself, my staff and my players is solely on tomorrow.”

Faz hopes to welcome Matty Shiels back to the squad tomorrow but Greig Young and Callum Wilson remain out injured whilst Declan Byrne has work commitments. Mark Durnan had an ultrasound scan on Thursday evening, but the result was nothing serious and he will be back fully fit in two weeks.

The sides have met just 13 times in history but 6 of those came last season and, whilst Sons came out on top in the head-to-head, it was Annan who won the decisive fixtures.

Dumbarton won the first three meetings in the 2022/23 season with 4-0 and 2-1 victories at the Rock either side of a 1-0 triumph at Galabank.

However, Annan were 3-1 winners in Dumfries towards the end of the campaign before they won 6-0 in the first-leg of the play-off semi-final a month later. The sides played out a goalless draw in the second-leg.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at the following link: https://app.fanbaseclub.com/Fan/Tickets/SelectType?fixtureId=4494. Please note that Sons supporters will be situated in Zone 4 at Galabank.

If you’re making the journey tomorrow, why not do so with the Sons Supporters Trust Travel Group? The bus departs Castle Street at 11.00am and costs £20 for members and £23 for non-members. Contact Gillie Brough on 07948 532539 or Facebook Messenger.

Tomorrow’s match referee is Ryan Lee and he will be assisted by Colin McAlpine and Ian Hart.

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