Friday 30th July 2021
FOR the first time in 73 weeks, Dumbarton will play an away match in front of their own fans tomorrow – at the ground where they last did so.
Clyde are our opponents away from home at Broadwood, just as they were on Saturday, March 7, 2020 – our last away fixture which our supporters could attend.
Just as importantly, the game also marks the start of our cinch League One campaign – the main challenge awaiting Sons over the 2021/22 season.
That visit to Broadwood nearly 17 months ago (Rvan McGeever pictured in action in that game) ended in defeat, but manager Stevie Farrell is optimistic of a better outcome tomorrow.
The gaffer said: “We’re looking forward to it. We’ve had 11 days to recharge our batteries after a demanding Premier Sports Cup section and we feel we’re good to go.
“The players have trained very well since the last cup tie and I’m hopeful that tomorrow they’ll get a reward for the work they’ve put in.
“It certainly won’t be as simple as turning up and getting the result, though. I watched Clyde play Morton last Saturday and know what a tough test they will give us.
“They took the lead in that game and Morton had to work hard to turn it round. We expect to have to work hard ourselves to get anything from tomorrow’s game and that’s what I’ll be looking for.”
Although the injured trio of Paul Paton, Andy Geggan and Pat Boyle are improving fitness-wise, none of them are likely to be risked tomorrow.
Other than those three, Stevie is set to have a full squad available.
Supporters thinking of travelling to Broadwood are asked to refer to our previous story for guidelines on how tomorrow’s matchday will operate.
If you can’t make the game, again our previous story has details of how to watch via a live stream provided by Clyde.
As usual, streaming arrangements are the responsibility of the home club and the game will not be viewable through our own portal.
We’ll also have in-play Twitter commentary available through our feed @dumbartonfc and report and reaction will be here on the club website as soon as possible after the final whistle.
Referee Chris Graham will be in charge tomorrow, and will have assistance from Sean Carr and Chris Rae.