Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

SONS READY FOR FIRST COMPETITIVE ACTION

Friday 12th July 2019

THE competitive action starts for Dumbarton tomorrow when they travel south to play League Two Annan Athletic at Galabank.

After a few friendly workouts and rigorous training sessions, Sons are hopeful of a winning start to the season.

Manager Jim Duffy said: "Obviously results were mixed during the pre-season campaign, but in terms of getting the players up to speed, we felt we took a lot from them.

"Now it is time for us to perform in the competitive arena, beginning with Annan, who we know will give us a tough test."

The gaffer will again have to wait on the fitness of Conor Scullion and Isaac Layne, while Rory Loy remains out.

However, all four players signed last night - PJ Crossan, Ruaridh Langan, Rico Quitongo and Mati Zata - will be added to the squad on the basis that clearance is received in time.

Supporters travelling to Galabank will have fond memories of the last competitive visit there - Saturday, May 9 2009, when Sons lifted the Third Division trophy.

They have returned for a pre-season tournament and then a friendly match since then, but this is the first competitive trip since that momentous day.

Unfortunately there is no Sons Supporters Trust bus to Galabank tomorrow.

It is also worth a reminder that the match will go to a penalty shootout tomorrow if it is drawn after 90 minutes.

Kick-off is at the usual 3pm.

Andy Galloway