Friday 7th October 2022

DUMBARTON face their third away day in succession tomorrow when they travel to face Stirling Albion to begin the second quarter of the league season.

Many neutral eyes will be on the action at Forthbank Stadium tomorrow, with the game being a meeting of the top two sides in cinch League Two.

However, it also represents an opportunity for Sons to return to winning ways after the cushion at the top of the league was reduced.

The two teams have already met twice this season, with Dumbarton, perhaps more importantly, claiming the points with a 2-0 win in the first league meeting.

Manager Stevie Farrell knows the chance his team have at Stirling, but also how difficult it will be for them to take it.

He said: “The two teams have already shown they are capable of beating each other this season and we expect a hard game tomorrow.

“Our victory over Stirling in the opening league match may have been day one, but their results since show what a big three points those were.

“They have done very well since then and they will want to continue their run – a feeling we know well from putting a winning run together earlier this season.

“Last week at Forfar, we were on top of the second half and were just missing a break in front of goal. If we play as well as we can, hopefully that break will come our way tomorrow.

“But we know we must keep working hard – you don’t get anything in this league if you don’t work hard.”

No new injuries have been reported this week, meaning Edin Lynch is the only expected absentee. However, he is close to being fit enough to return to the squad.

Sons fans will be in the East Stand (where we have usually sat for past visits to Forthbank) for Saturday’s game.

Admission is by payment at the turnstiles, in cash only. Prices are:

Adult £15
Age 65 and over £10
Students (with valid ID) and under-17s £5
Under-12s FREE with a paying adult

The supporters’ bus will leave Church Street in Dumbarton at 1pm. Seats will cost £14 for Sonstrust members and under-16s, and £17 for non-members.

For details of any available seats, please contact Gillie Brough on Facebook Messenger, or by calling 07948 532539.

You can also find information on the Sons Supporters Trust Travel Section page on Facebook.

There are no trains running via Stirling tomorrow, due to industrial action.

As well as Dumbarton, only Bonnyrigg Rose have beaten Stirling Albion so far in this league season. The Binos sit in second place, five points behind Sons.

They have won all of their last three games, two of those being away from home, so Sons know what a test they face tomorrow.

It will be our first game at Forthbank Stadium for over 10 years. We last visited in April 2012, clinching our place in the then First Division playoffs with a 2-1 victory.

Barry Cook is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and running the lines will be Graeme Leslie and Jamie Wilkie.

Dumbarton Football Club

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