Dumbarton will look to pick up their first three points of the league season tomorrow afternoon when Forfar Athletic visit the Rock [kick-off 3.00pm].
Sons have drawn their last 3 matches 1-1 after 90 minutes with opening league games against Bonnyrigg Rose and Spartans ending by that score line whilst Wednesday nights SPFL Trust Trophy tie with Kilmarnock ‘B’ also did before Sons won on penalties.
Stevie Farrell’s side have led in all three of those matches before the opposition have got back into the game and it’s something which the Dumbarton boss has taken note of going into a game against a team who had Sons’ number last season.
Faz said: “Getting through to the next round is always the ultimate goal in any cup competition and whilst we were keen to get the job done in 90 minutes on Wednesday, the end result was the one we were after.
“Getting minutes into the legs of a lot of players who have struggled for game time in the opening few weeks, for one reason or another, meant it was a positive evening.
“We are left feeling a little hard done by after our opening two results in the league after dominating the game at Bonnyrigg and last week Spartans scored with their only shot on target.
“Forfar’s opening league results show that they are a hard team beat and we will need our attacking players to be at their best in the final third if we want find a way through.
“But we also need to be wary of their threat at the other end and keeping our first clean sheet in the league will go a long way to helping us secure a positive result.”
It’s been a mixed start to the 2023/24 campaign for Forfar who narrowly missed out on progression in their Viaplay Cup group after victories over Montrose and Arbroath.
Since then, the Loons have drawn their last three matches 0-0 with league draws against Stenhousemuir and Elgin City, before another stalemate with Elgin in the SPFL Trust Trophy on Tuesday. City won the tie on penalties.
Last season, Forfar were the only team in League Two that Sons failed to register three points against. The first two meetings of the campaign were drawn whilst the Station Park side took full points from Dumbarton after the New Year.
In team news, the Sons boss has the same pool of players to him available that he had on Wednesday with Michael Ruth, Callum Wilson and Declan Byrne remaining out.
Season tickets are valid for tomorrow’s fixture with online ticket sales also available for those wishing to purchase in advance, which they can do so here: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/2854347/chk/fcad/?entry_link=all-ticketsdumbartonfootballclubbg_fillfalseminimaltruerefwebsite_widgetshow_date_filtertrueshow_logofalseshow_search_filtertrueshow_sorttruesrchDumbartonwidgettrue&ref=website_widget&srch=Dumbarton&show_search_filter=true&show_date_filter=true&show_sort=true&widget=true&minimal=true&show_logo=false&bg_fill=false&disable-widget=true. A pay at the gate facility will be in operation but please buy in advance if you can to reduce queuing times at the turnstiles.
If you can’t make it, then purchase our live stream here: https://dumbartonfootballclub.com/onlinematch/
The turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm with Bar 72 also open from that time for both sets of supporters. Forfar fans should enter through turnstiles 1 and 2 if they want to make use of it before they will be taken to the away section of the stand prior to kick-off.
Tomorrow’s match referee is George Calder. He will be assisted by Elliott Husband Powdon and Alastair Taylor.