Dumbarton travel to Annan Athletic tomorrow looking to get back on track in cinch League Two.

Consecutive defeats to Forfar Athletic and Stenhousemuir have left the Sons eight points adrift of league leaders Stirling Albion, who defeated Elgin City on Tuesday evening.

With only half a dozen games left of the regular season, boss Stevie Farrell is keen to see his side end the campaign on a high.

Dumbarton’s injury list has worsened in the last week, but the manager believes he has the options available to secure a positive result at Galabank.

He said: “The last two results have been disappointing, and whilst we deserved more out of the game against Forfar last Wednesday, the second-half performance against Stenhousemuir wasn’t up to the standards that we have set.

“We are determined to keep fighting and we know our supporters won’t expect anything less.

“We are all too aware of the injuries there currently are in the squad but whatever starting eleven and substitutes we are able to name tomorrow, I will always back my players to secure a positive result.

“The games against Annan have gone our way so far this season but we know we can’t be at anything short of our best as they have play-off aspirations of their own.

“All we can do is win games of football and see where it takes us.”

Edin Lynch and Ross MacLean sustained injuries against Stenny last weekend and join John Gemmell, Stuart Carswell, Declan Byrne and Kalvin Orsi on the sidelines. Joe McKee is the closest of those previously injured players to making tomorrow’s squad.

Sons have a perfect record against Annan this season, picking up nine points from nine in the three league games.

Dumbarton were comfortable 4-0 winners back in August as Declan Byrne scored twice alongside Finlay Gray and Gregor Buchanan.

In October, a second-half header from Gregg Wylde [pictured] was enough for Farrell’s side to secure three points on the road before Ryan Wallace and Russell McLean scored either side of Tommy Goss’ strike at The Rock in February as Sons won 2-1.

Goss is the top goal scorer in the division with 22 goals this season and was recently named cinch League 2 Player of the Month for March, though is set to miss tomorrow’s match with a dislocated collarbone.

Entry at Galabank is £14 for adults, £10 for concessions (65+ and under-16’s) with children under 12 going free with a paying adult.

Your support will be hugely appreciated as we approach the climax of the season – our supporters bus will leave Church Street, Dumbarton, at 11:00am. Contact Gillie Brough on Facebook Messenger or 07948 532539 for seats.

Live match commentary will be available on our Twitter feed, @Dumbartonfc, if you are unable to make the journey.

Alastair Grieve is tomorrow’s referee and will be assisted by Barry Reid and Euan Birch.


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