Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Dumbarton

Saturday, 15th Apr 2017

Ladbrokes Championship: The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, kick off 3.00pm on Saturday 15th April 2017

Dunfermline return to Dumbarton on Saturday for only the third league match there in twenty years. It will be sixth placed Pars against seventh placed Sons and while both sides will maintain they are challenging for fifth place, increasing the space between them and the bottom three - St Mirren, Raith Rovers and Ayr United - is sure to be the priority.

Dunfermline v Dumbarton: The Full League Record

 .

P

W

D

L

TOTAL

85

45

17

23

Dunfermline have a good record against their opponents winning more games than draws and defeats added together.

Milestones Dumbarton (Away)

Last League Victory

05/01/13

1-0

 .First Division

Last League Defeat

18/04/81

1-2

Sc Div 1

Best League Victory

13/11/93

5-1

 .Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeat

12/03/38

1-45

Sc Div 2*

*Pre league reconstruction


Prior to this season, the sides had only met, in season 2012-13, on league business since April 1996 and the Pars have won ten of the last 12 league meetings. . The last defeat at Dumbarton was on 16th April 1981.

Last 12 Matches v Dumbarton

Date

H/A

F-A

R Competition
04/03/17 H 5-1 W Championship
29/10/16 A 2-2 D Championship
06/08/16 H 4-3 W Championship
23/03/13 H 3-4 L Division One
05/01/13 A 1-0 W Division One
24/11/12 H 4-0 W Division One
15/09/012 A 2-0 W Division One
01/08/09 A 5-0 W League Cup
20/04/96 H 4-1 W Division One
09/03/96 A 3-0 W Division One
21/10/95 H 3-1 W Division One
02/09/95 A 4-0 W Division One

Last Time at Dumbarton
Dumbarton 2 Dunfermline 2
Saturday 29th October 2016


Dunfermline Athletic returned to Dumbarton for their first league match there since January 2013 and went behind when a ball across the Pars box evaded the challenging Williamson and Robert Thomson was able to flash the ball back across the face of goal for Joe THOMSON to slide in and score.

The equaliser was to come just five minutes into the second half when Talbot swung over a pass that CLARK rose to head home from six yards out. Dumbarton then got caught out when Lee Ashcroft made a great interception to send away Cardle. The Pars sub made ground with haste and released a good ball left to Clark who got away a good shot to the near post. The ball broke nicely off the left goalpost for CARDLE to net from close in.

At 1-2 with just nine minutes left it appeared that the Pars might have secured full points but next minute FLEMING headed a cross down and stuck it past Murdoch to square the match.

DUMBARTON: Alan Martin: Mark Docherty, Gregor Buchanan, Darren Barr, Daniel Harvie: Joe Thomson, Josh Todd, Garry Fleming, Sam Stanton (Andy Stirling 71), David Smith, Robert Thomson (Ryan Stevenson 87)
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Pettigrew, Donald McCallum, Frazer Wright, Jamie Ewings (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton (Joe Cardle HT), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn, Kallum Higginbotham: Nicky Clark, Gavin Reilly (Michael Moffat 67)
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys McCabe, Johnny Galloway, Callum Fordyce, Paul McMullan, David Hutton (GK)

With only four matches remaining both sides are conscious of St Mirren now on 34 points and Raith Rovers on 33 battling with Ayr United on 31 to avoid the drop and play offs at the wrong end.

Current League Form
Dumbarton Dunfermline
League Points
35 39
League Position
7 6
Goal Difference
-8 -1
Form Last 6 League Matches
LWDLWD DLWDWL
Home / Away League Record
P16, W5, D6, L5 P16, W4, D5, L7

Dumbarton have lost only two of their last 19 league matches, one v Ayr and one at East End Park. Both those defeats were away from home where they are unbeaten since 21st January.

Dunfermline have lost only three of their last 23 matches but 11 of those were draws and they have scored only three goals in their last six matches and two of those were penalties. Matches against against Dumbarton however have not lacked goals with a tally of 40 in the last twelve matches, but they have conceded ten in the last four.

 .Form last six matches
 . Dumbarton .  .

 .

 .

 .

 . .
 . Dunfermline .
 . St Mirren (A) D 1-1  . Dundee United . (A)  .L

 .0-1

 . Morton (H) W 1-0  . Raith Rovers (H) W 1-0
 . Ayr United (A) L 1-2  . Hibernian (H) D

1-1

 . Hibernian (A) D 2-2  . Morton (A) W 1-0
 . Raith Rovers (H) W 4-0  . Ayr United (H)  .L

 .0-1

 . Dunfermline (A) L 1-5  . .St Mirren (A) D 0-0

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United): Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c)(Ryan Williamson 65), Callum Morris, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Joe Cardle 77): Michael Moffat (Gavin Reilly 65), Nicky Clark. .
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Paton, Lewis Martin, Lewis Spence, David Hutton (GK)

DUMBARTON (v St Mirren):
Alan Martin: David Smith, Gregor Buchanan, Darren Barr, Daniel Harvie: Andy Stirling, Stuart Carswell, Ross McCrorie, Sam Stanton: Robert Thomson, Lewis Vaughan (Christian Nade 76)
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Lang, Callum Gallagher, Kyle Prior, Joe Nuttall, Jamie Ewings (GK)

Referee will be Alan Muir



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