MATCH PREVIEW: FORFAR ATHLETIC VS DUMBARTON

Dumbarton are back on the road tomorrow for their penultimate away match of 2023 when they travel to Forfar Athletic [kick-off 3.00pm].

Sons will be looking to returning to winning ways after their late defeat against Stenhousemuir last week brought a five-game run of victories to an end.

Tomorrow’s hosts, meanwhile, are going through an inconsistent run of results with two wins, two defeats and a draw in their last five leaving them in eighth place in cinch League Two.

For Sons boss Stevie Farrell, he is keen to see a positive reaction to last weeks disappointment.

He told the clubs website: “We were really frustrated at last weeks result as there wasn’t a lot in the game and to lose to a goal in the manner we did and when we did compounded that feeling.

“But that’s now in the past and tomorrow is a new challenge where we look to start another run like the one we were on previously.

“The news about Brett during the week was also a blow and whilst we remain without a number of first-team players, I remain confident in the players that will lining up for us tomorrow.

“Station Park hasn’t been an easy place for Dumbarton to go in recent years but we know that if we are at our best, we’ve got a great chance of a successful outcome.”

Farrell will be without Brett Long in the coming months after he fractured his ankle at training on Tuesday. He joins Greig Young and Callum Wilson on the sidelines. Mark Durnan is edging closer to a return to full fitness but is a doubt through illness, as is Ryan Wallace.

The sides have met just once this season with Dumbarton winning 3-1 at the Rock in August. Seb Ross put the visitors ahead that day though Sons responded to pick up three points thanks to David Wilson, Finlay Gray and Ross MacLean strikes.

You have to go back to 2019 for the last time Dumbarton picked up a win at Station Park. A brace from PJ Crossan alongside Joe McKee and Reghan Tumlity earned Sons a 4-3 victory nearly four years to the day of tomorrow’s clash.

For supporters travelling to tomorrow’s game, the Sons Supporters Trust Travel Group bus will depart Church Street, Dumbarton at 11.00am. For availability, contact Gillie Brough on 07948 532539 or get in touch via Facebook Messenger.

Admission tomorrow is via cash only at the turnstile with the following prices in place:

Stand admission charges:
Adults £15
65 & over £9
Under 17’s £5

Terracing admission charges:
Adults £14
65& over £8
Under 17’s £5

The referee tomorrow is Ryan Lee and he will be assisted by Gordon Crawford and Lewis Hogarth.

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