SONS SET FOR ELGIN TRIP
Dumbarton make the long journey north today (SATURDAY) as they travel to Borough Briggs to take on Elgin City in their final away game of the cinch League Two season.
The Dumbarton FC website reports that Sons make the trip with confidence having just gone three games without defeat, keeping clean sheets in all of those fixtures to create a new club record.
In contrast, Elgin have been dragged into the fight to beat the relegation play-off at the foot of the table after a run of just one win in nine.
City currently occupy ninth place in the division, just one point clear of Albion Rovers and one behind Bonnyrigg Rose, ahead of what could be a massive final day of the season when they meet Bonnyrigg.
For Dumbarton, wins over Bonnyrigg Rose and East Fife sandwiched a goalless draw with Stirling Albion as manager Stevie Farrell welcomed back the likes of David Wilson, Kalvin Orsi and Declan Byrne to the starting eleven in that time.
Despite second place and a spot in the play-offs guaranteed, the Sons boss insists there is still plenty to play for with two games to go.
Speaking to the clubs website, he said: “We have seen an improvement in performances and results over the last few games and that is simply down to having more options at our disposal, with more bodies still to return as well.
“Even though we know our own league position can’t change, we must still do the rest of the league justice and give nothing else but 100% . There is far too much at stake for other teams for us to be thinking of anything else.
“We have seen ourselves the problems that Elgin can cause if we aren’t at our best so we will need to be right on top of our game.
“Winning our last two league fixtures will also see the players tie the record for the most points gained in a single season by a Dumbarton side and they have every intention of achieving that.”
Joe McKee and Edin Lynch returned to training during the week and are expected to be part of the squad tomorrow. John Gemmell, Ryan Wallace and Ross MacLean remain out.
Sons will be hoping for a repeat of the result they secured when they travelled to Elgin back in November as goals from Ross MacLean, Gregg Wylde, Aron Lynas and Ryan Wallace earned a 4-0 win.
Fixtures in G82 haven’t been as convincing with both sides earning 2-1 victories in the two fixtures. Ally Love scored a couple of penalties back in August whilst a Ryan Blair free-kick was for nothing as the away side left with three points in February.
Kane Hester, who has netted twice against Dumbarton this season, is the man to look out for tomorrow and will be looking to add to his 18 goals this term.
Our supporters bus will run to Borough Briggs with a departure time from Church Street, Dumbarton, at 8:00am. Contact Gillie Brough on Facebook Messenger or 07948 532539 for any available seats.
Today’s referee is Dan McFarlane and he will be assisted by Gordon Crawford and Filippo Mazzoni.