DUMBARTON boss Stevie Farrell has been named League Two's manager of the month for December - the third time he's received the accolade this season.

His earned the award as Glen's Manager of the Month prize again to complete a hat-trick’ of awards so far this season.

The Sons have established a four-point lead at the top of the table and picked up seven points from a possible nine during the month, with wins over East Fife and Albion Rovers and a draw at Bonnyrigg Rose.

Dumbarton have won 12, drawn four and lost two of their 18 league matches so far this season. 

The Sons boss also picked up the Scottish League Two Glen’s manager of the month awards in August and November.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Glen’s owner the Loch Lomond Group, said:“December proved to be another successful period for Dumbarton, and they are now on a run of eight unbeaten league matches which has helped establish a four-point lead at the top of the table at this important stage of the season.

“My congratulations to Stephen on completing his ‘hat-trick’ of Glen’s monthly awards, and to all involved at Dumbarton on another strong performance during the month.”

Previously the Reporter told how Farrell eceived the Glen's Manager of the Month prize in August after Sons began their league campaign with six straight wins - the club's best ever run at the start of a season.

Beginning with a 2-0 victory over Stirling Albion on July 30, Farrell guided the team to wins over Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Stenhousemuir and Elgin City in August, and East Fife in their first match of September.

Dumbarton's 2023 got off to a false start after their match with second top Stirling fell victim to the weather on Saturday, with Sons now looking to continue their fine December form into their next match against Forfar Athletic at Station Park on January 14.

The Dumbarton boss said: “This award is once again very gratefully received, but it is no different to previous ones - it has been a team effort to get where we are and stay there.

“The players are the ones scoring goals at one end and keeping them out at the other and getting the results that have kept us at the top of the league.

“We will have a busy end to the season and maintaining momentum will be key. I am pleased with this recognition once again, but we must continue the good work.”