Thursday 20th May 2021

IT is already a cause for celebration off the pitch. After 443 days, fans will return to the C&G Systems Stadium to watch Dumbarton in action tonight.

Now it is about ensuring there are celebrations on it, as the second leg of the playoff final takes place at home to Edinburgh City.

Sons are in a strong position ahead of the game, having won Monday’s first leg 3-1 at Ainslie Park.

But manager Jim Duffy has warned against any thoughts that the job might be done, and wants one final all-action performance tonight to wrap things up.

The gaffer said: “We have given ourselves a good platform and I doubt many would have turned down the chance to go into the second leg with a two-goal cushion if it was offered.

“However, we know that the job remains to be done. Edinburgh City know they are on their last chance and will be giving it everything they have to claw the advantage back.

“We must work with everything we have, in all areas of the pitch, to ensure we are the ones with something to celebrate at the end of the evening.

“Having our supporters in the stadium will really boost us tonight and the players are all looking forward to seeing them again.

We hope we can reward them for the patience they have shown in waiting to see us in action in person, and the support they have continued to show the club.”

The team news is as you were ahead of Monday’s first leg. Isaac Layne is doubtful, having trained on Saturday but missed the match.

PJ Crossan, Jaime Wilson and Joshua Bradley-Hurst definitely won’t feature, and neither will Sam Wardrop or Daniel Church – who will be spending the evening co-commentating on our live stream of the game.

For the first time since March 3, 2020, we will of course have supporters in the stadium to watch us in action tonight.

Guidelines for attending are as per our previous story and all those attending should arrive at the stadium at their allocated time slot and turnstile.

Please ensure you have read the guidelines in full ahead of arrival at the stadium this evening.

For those who are not able to attend, the game can be streamed live, with details as per our previous story.

As above, Sam and Daniel will be joining Chris MacMillan on commentary duty tonight, with Fraser Clarke unable to make the game.

The match is also available to watch on BBC Alba, which is Freeview channel 7 in Scotland only.

Tonight’s matchball is sponsored by Anja and Christopher Kanis, from Germany, and we are very grateful for their support.

Alan Newlands will referee tonight’s game, with assistance from Calum Spence and David Doig. Chris Graham will be fourth official.

Andy Galloway

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