30 November 2018
Dumbarton v Brechin City - Match Preview
City make the lengthy trip south-west to face Dumbarton at the C&G Systems Stadium tomorrow afternoon as they look to bounce back from a disappointing Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Alloa last weekend.
Manager Barry Smith was unhappy at the individual mistakes which has seen City concede eight goals in the last two matches and will be looking for a vastly improved performance from his side tomorrow.
Dumbarton themselves went out of the Scottish Cup at the first hurdle after a 3-0 defeat against Airdrieonians and despite being fancied as one of the favourites for the League One title at the start of the season, they have toiled and currently find themselves languishing in 9th position.
The Sons' poor start to the campaign saw them part company with Stevie Aitken last month, with ex-City boss Jim Duffy being appointed as the new Manager. Dumbarton continue to lack consistency, but much of this can be pointed towards a crippling injury list which has seen them struggle to name more than 2 outfield players on the bench in recent weeks.
The recent difficulties around player selection continues, with 2 new doubts from the starting XI last weekend for the Scottish Cup tie at Alloa. One player is described as 'almost definitely out' for the game tomorrow and another where the hope for a starting place is somewhat more optimistic. Out of the longer term casualties, striker Callum Hendry is likely to be the earliest to return although he is still a couple of weeks from resuming training.
Manager Barry Smith said, "After 2 disappointing defeats, it's another opportunity for the players to perform closer to the levels displayed against Forfar at the Glebe a few weeks ago. Dumbarton are in a similar position to ourselves, in that we've both dropped down from the Championship and they too are now adjusting to a new Manager in place. I'm looking forward to seeing Jim Duffy again as it was he who brought me to Brechin City as a player originally but - make no mistake - we'll be approaching this match with a game plan to bring the 3 points back home."
Dumbarton report that they will be without Craig Barr and Grant Adam whilst Rory Loy and Ryan Thomson remain doubtful. Ex-City striker Iain Russell will face a late fitness test but on-loan Dom Thomas will return to the side after being unavailable for their Scottish Cup tie against Airdrieonians last weekend.
The match referee tomorrow is Craig Napier, he will be assisted by Jordan Stokoe and Keiran Trayner. You only have to go back six weeks for the last City game Napier officiated a City game - which was the 3-1 defeat against East Fife at New Bayview.
Admission prices have been confirmed as:
- Adult Â£16
- Concessions Â£10
- Under 12's Â£8
- Parent & Child Â£20
Bar '72 at the C&G Systems Stadium will be open pre-match and will have Paul Shearer performing as part of the Sonstrust's "Platform for Artists". Gates open at 1:30pm and City fans are welcome in the bar.
Brechin City Supporters Club are running a coach to the game which will leave Mackie Motors Bus Stance at 9:45am and thereafter from St Ninians Square at 10am. To book a seat, please contact Ann-Marie on 07725 761429 or leave a message on the Supporters Club facebook page. The coach to Dumbarton has been kindly sponsored by Blacks of Brechin.
There was last gasp drama the last time the sides met as Boris Melingui bundled home a stoppage time winner against the Sons at Glebe Park. Dumbarton were 2-0 up and coasting towards victory on the hour mark thanks to goals from ex-City winger Bobby Barr and Brad Spencer. City then turned on the style in the last half hour with goals from Boris Melingui (2) and Callum Tapping earning City a thrilling 3-2 win.