DUMBARTON make the long trip southwest tomorrow looking to make it back to back victories as they visit Stranraer at Stair Park.

The journey will be made in good spirits after a return to winning ways at home to Stenhousemuir on Tuesday evening, extending the lead at the top of cinch League Two.

However, that match is now in the past, and all the focus is on taking another three points.

Manager Stevie Farrell was full of praise for his players after the midweek victory, but it is another blank canvas tomorrow.

He said: “Tuesday’s result was well-deserved and very welcome, but it is now behind us and we concentrate on playing Stranraer tomorrow.

“Stranraer have had some very good results at home this season, including against us, so we are in no doubt about the task that awaits us.

“However, we know how capable a side we are too, and with the vital final weeks of the season closing in, every result is important.

“I will be looking for us to pick up where we left off on Tuesday, and while we respect the challenge ahead, we are all looking for another result.”

Player availability is along the same lines as Tuesday. Stuart Carswell, Ryan Wallace, David Wilson and John Gemmell are all out for the trip to Stair Park.

However, Russell McLean passed a late fitness test on Tuesday to come on as a late substitute and should be in the squad again.

Admission to Stair Park is by cash at the turnstiles. Prices are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, and £5 for ages 12-16. Under-12s go free.

Dumbarton make the trip aiming to reverse a trend between the two sides this season, with the previous two meetings having been won by the home team.

Stranraer were winners in the first clash this season, 3-2 in midweek at Stair Park in September, but Sons avenged that by winning 2-0 at home in November (celebrations of Gregor Buchanan’s goal in that game pictured above).

The Blues sit eighth in cinch League Two, but are only three points off fourth-placed Stenhousemuir. They were 2-0 winners at home to East Fife last Saturday.

If you can’t make the journey, in-play Twitter commentary will be available through our Twitter feed @DumbartonFC.

Iain Snedden is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will have assistance from Colin Drummond and Ross Anderson.


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