Dumbarton boss Stevie Farrell insists nothing will be won or lost tomorrow ahead of his side's top-of-the-table clash with Stirling Albion.

Sons travel to Forthbank looking to climb back to the summit of League Two after the Binos moved into pole position following their 2-0 victory over Forfar Athletic on Tuesday evening.

The Castle Road side have led the way since mid-August, and were as many as 10 points clear at one stage, but only four wins since the turn of the year have allowed Stirling to claim top spot as they took advantage of the games in hand they had to now lead by two points.

Faz will be looking for a reaction from Saturday’s shock 5-1 home thrashing against Albion Rovers and hopes to put that down to nothing more than a “freak result”.

He said: “The players’ response in training has been excellent. We had won the previous two games prior to last Saturday and we will be ready to go again.

“Last Saturday was a freak result. We have had two of those this season and we take it for what it was and move on.

“We always do our homework and we know Stirling will have done theirs as well. There are 27 points to play for and they will be the first to say that no honours are handed out in March.

“I said this week that there were 10 teams in the race at the start of the season. Now there are realistically two, and we are one of them.

“There is no other thought process – we are just thinking about winning the next game. We go after points Saturday after Saturday and are looking forward to it. It is a clash of two teams having fantastic seasons.

“If we win will we win the league, no, and if Stirling win will they win the league, no.

“The reality is there’s a few twists and turns to come in the title race yet.”

The Sons boss will welcome back Gregor Buchanan and Declan Byrne but will remain without Ryan Wallace, David Wilson and John Gemmell with Joe McKee and Stuart Carswell joining the injured trio on the sidelines.

He added: “Buchy will definitely be back and we’re hoping on Deco.

“We need everybody back because it’s the last nine weeks and tactics and form has got us this far, but in the next nine weeks it’s going to take heart, commitment and desire, maybe playing with the odd injury and soreness, but that’s what it takes to win league.”

The sides haven’t met in the league since October when Stirling thrashed Sons at Forthbank.

Goals from Robert Thomson, Paul McLean, Dale Carrick, Ross McGeachie and two from Kyle Banner helped the hosts to a 6-0 victory.

Dumbarton did get the upper hand on Stirling on the opening day of the season, when two goals from Declan Byrne in the opening five minutes helped Sons to a 2-0 victory.

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