December 10, 2012
Loan stars boost Dumbarton
Dumbarton can field loan signings Mark Lamont and Nicky Devlin at Hamilton in their William Hill Scottish Cup tie at the Bet Butler Stadium that looks set to go ahead at the third time of asking.
James Creaney is available after injury and goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay is available before serving a suspension in the league.
Recently-appointed player/manager Ian Murray misses out following groin surgery and long-term absentees Kevin Nicol and Pat Walker are still out.
Murray said: "I'll be glad to get this first game under my belt. The Scottish Cup is an important competition and we want to do as well in it.
"This game will also allow me to see the players in action against a side close to us in the league.''
Hamilton Academicals will be forced into making changes as they will be without on-loan trio Gary Fisher, Steven May and Jonathan Page.
Fisher and May have not been given permission to play and Page is suspended, while Stephen Hendrie, Kieran Millar and Jon McShane miss out through injury.
But Jon Routledge and Louis Longridge have shaken off knocks and are included as is Darian MacKinnon, who has returned from a loan spell at Ayr.
Manager Billy Reid said: "We were meant to be facing each other in the league on Saturday and I had one team in mind for that game and one team in mind for the cup tie.
"It is a cup tie away from home, so it's a tricky tie, but not one we should fear.''