Friday 18th December 2020

DUMBARTON complete the first third of the League One season with a tricky journey to Angus to face fourth-placed Montrose.

A victory is guaranteed to move Sons into the top four of the table – at least until the Gable Endies play Peterhead on Tuesday night.

But it will not be an easy task to bring the three points home from Links Park, a ground where Sons have won twice and lost twice in the past two seasons.

It is also a battle of two teams who have recently beaten Cove Rangers. Montrose were winners against the League Two champions a fortnight ago before Sons beat them last Saturday.

And that victory means that there is confidence in the Sons ranks ahead of the fixture.

Manager Jim Duffy said: “Four points out of six, without a goal conceded, from the last two games is a positive record against tricky opponents.

“However, those games are over and done with now, and our concentration is solely on facing Montrose tomorrow.

“They are currently in the top four of League One and will be looking to consolidate their position. It is up to us to stop them doing that.

“It’s something we know we are capable of doing, and if we keep up the hard work we have been doing in recent weeks then we can afford to be confident in ourselves.”

Ryan McGeever in action at Links Park last season – but he won’t be tomorrow as he remains out injured. Copyright Fullarton Photos 2020.

It is as you were on the injury front. Ryan McGeever and Matthew Reilly remain the only two injured players and won’t feature against Montrose.

Keeper Chris Smith is now fit, but had flu symptoms on the morning of the Cove Rangers game. He has now shaken these off and is available.

Fans can watch the live action on Montrose’s streaming channel, and details are as per our previous story.

Montrose have won each of their last two games, against Cove and then Airdrieonians, making up for losing their previous two, against Partick Thistle and Clyde.

Their team which defeated Airdrie last Saturday was: Fleming; C Ballantyne, Steeves, Waddell, Webster, McLean (R Campbell 88), Milne (Callaghan 79), Cochrane, Dillon, Mochrie (Johnston 74), C F Ballantyne (Watson 79). Subs: Lennox; Allan, I Campbell, Quinn.

As it stands tomorrow is Dumbarton’s last away fixture until Saturday, February 6, when they go to Falkirk. The William Hill Scottish Cup may provide an away day before then.

Matthew MacDermid is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and will have assistance from Graham McNeillie and Steven Traynor.

Andy Galloway

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