It may 'only' be the Stirlingshire Cup, but another piece of silverware for Dumbarton, hot on the heels of last season's Third Division Championship triumph (followed by a harrowing and tumultuous summer), would undoubtedly be a welcome boost for Sons. Unfortunately I won't be able to get to the Final against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview on 13 October - even though it would have enabled me to take in two DFC games in three days - because I have an existing work commitment. Fingers crossed, though.
Meanwhile, we're away on the coast at Gayfield for a tough match against Arbroath on Saturday. It's the first on-the-road fixture of the Division Two campaign, and will test Dumbarton both for consistency (in the sense of 'gelling' as a team) and strike-power. The elements could also provide some severe defensive challenges. Once again, Alan Findlay has compiled a good Match Preview on the official website.