Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

VITAL GAME FOR DUMBARTON

Thursday 8th April 2021

GAME number six in the space of 12 days comes along for Dumbarton tonight with East Fife visiting the C&G Systems Stadium.

Having taken a vital point from Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Montrose, Sons are anxious to take the next step forward tonight.

With only Falkirk having conceded a goal to Dumbarton in five league outings since the return to action, everybody is conscious that must change.

Manager Jim Duffy is looking for exactly that to happen tonight against a Fifers side who took a 2-0 lead over Partick Thistle on Tuesday before settling for a point.

He said: "Montrose are pushing hard for promotion so we may have surprised a few people by taking a point off them on Tuesday.

"However, with the workrate of our players we know we can compete with anybody in the division on our day. We do know, though, that goals must come if we are to give ourselves a chance this season.

"The squad will once again be rotated to give some players a breather, and others a chance to return. We will be relieved after Saturday's game (against Cove Rangers) when we have a bit of breathing space before our next match.

"That does not change our outlook on tonight's game, though. We want the same application as we have been showing, with goals at the end of it all. If we do that we have a great opportunity to add points to our tally."

Tonight's game remains behind closed doors and details of how to order your live stream are as per our previous story.

Dumbarton were unlucky to sustain their first defeat of the league season against East Fife back in November.

Jaime Wilson's goal was one of four they ran in that day, but was the only one that stood, with the other three disallowed in a 2-1 reverse.

Sons welcome back Ross Forbes tonight after the midfielder served a two-match suspension for his dismissal against Airdrieonians last week.

On-loan goalkeeper Jamie Barclay is also added to the squad, but the injured trio of Joshua Bradley-Hurst, Daniel Church and Isaac Layne remain out.

Having spent all of Tuesday's game on the bench, players like Sam Wardrop, Adam Frizzell, Conner Duthie and Ruaridh Langan could come into contention to start this evening, with others being rested.

Barry Cook is the referee for this evening's game, and Gary Hilland and Cameron Telfer will assist.

Andy Galloway