PLAYOFF CAMPAIGN STARTS IN EDINBURGH

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

DUMBARTON begin a second consecutive cinch League One playoff campaign tonight with the journey through to the capital to face Edinburgh City.

It is a fixture Sons won 3-1 during last season’s playoff campaign which saw them defeat the Citizens on aggregate to survive in the third tier.

But it is a very changed team from that evening at Ainslie Park and that team must now repeat that process to have a chance to remain in League One.

While Dumbarton head into the game off the back of a victory at home to Clyde, gaffer Stevie Farrell is wary of the challenge.

The manager said: “While Saturday was a morale booster, the scheduled league season is now done and it is all about this game and, if we come through that, the playoff final.

“Edinburgh City suffered a hefty defeat on Saturday but we know they won’t let that get to them. They rested players the same as we did and they will be ready to challenge us tonight.

“They don’t lose many games at home, so we know we face a tough assignment against them, and will again at our stadium on Saturday.

“But we know that it is now a one-off, two-legged tie to keep ourselves in contention to be in cinch League One next season. If we step up to the mark, we’ll give ourselves the best chance.”

Ryan McGeever, Eoghan Stokes and Adam Hutchinson will all be absent through injury tonight.

However, the gaffer is optimistic that Joshua Oyinsan (pictured) will shake off the effects of a bad tackle in Saturday’s game and will be able to play.

As per our previous story, tonight’s game will not be streamed live, therefore the only way to see the action as it happens is to attend Ainslie Park.

Due to volunteers being unavailable tonight, updates on our own Twitter feed will be sporadic. Edinburgh City’s Twitter feed @EdinburghCityFC will have more regular updates. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

If you are travelling through to Edinburgh, you can purchase a ticket in advance of the game. Pay at the gate is also available.

Chris Graham will referee tonight’s game, and will have assistance from Craig Ferguson and Colin Drummond. Stewart Luke will act as fourth official.

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