Friday 27th August 2021

DUMBARTON are away to Montrose tomorrow aiming to return to winning ways, despite a tough list of players absent.

Having won away to Clyde on the opening day of the season, Sons have taken only one point since and sustained back to back defeats against Queen’s Park and Cove Rangers.

After some positive aspects to recent performances, manager Stevie Farrell is working hard to turn things around.

But the Gable Endies, who are top of League One going into the game, will provide a tough test – a fact not lost on the gaffer.

He said: “We’ve shown that we can challenge teams in this division and give them something to think about, and we’ll be looking to do that to Montrose tomorrow.

“But we can’t keep giving teams head starts on us before we start to find our stride. We’re simply not giving ourselves a chance when that happens.

“That’s something we’ve continued to work on in training this week and the players’ workrate remains high. They’re an honest, committed bunch and they deserve a reward for that commitment.

“However, no team in this league is going to hand that to us, let alone the team at the top. We have to do the hard work ourselves and cut out the elements that have left us with too much to do in recent games.

“Despite how tough the challenge will be, we know that if we get it right on the day, we’re capable of getting a result.”

No fewer than seven players will be missing tomorrow although the list is broadly similar to last week. Evan Maley, Calum Erskine, Andy Geggan, Joe McKee, Mark Lamont and Kristoffer Syvertsen will all miss out as they did against Cove Rangers.

In addition, David Hopkirk has to isolate and he too will not feature at Links Park.

On a more positive note, Sons welcome back Carlo Pignatiello (pictured) after he missed the Cove game.

If you’re making the trip tomorrow, admission costs £15 for adults and £8 for concessions. For each of these, you can simply walk up and pay in cash at the turnstile or you can purchase a ticket online before the game.

A special adult and child price of £18 is also available but this must be purchased online in advance.

Visit Montrose’s club website for full details of how to buy tickets ahead of the game.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the conveners, there will be no bus to Links Park tomorrow.

If you can’t make the journey to Montrose under your own steam, then live streaming is available courtesy of Montrose.

As with all away fixtures, tomorrow’s game will not be available through our own online portal.

We’ll also have in-play Twitter commentary through our feed @dumbartonfc, and a report and reaction will be online as soon as possible after the final whistle.

If you are going, then Montrose’s matchday programme will be available at £2.50.

Lloyd Wilson is the referee tomorrow, and will have assistance from David Roome and Elliott Husband Powton.

Andy Galloway

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