Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
Adults – £15
Parent & Child – £20*
Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled – £8*
Student / Jobseeker – £10*
*Concession tickets must be purchased from the ticket office. Only adults pay at the turnstiles.
Albion Rovers fans will be housed in the Turnbull Hutton Stand.
Please note: The Raith Suite will not be open as a bar due to hospitality.
After last weekend’s last-gasp draw at a bitterly cold Excelsior Stadium, Raith return to a hopefully more humid Stark’s Park, to take on Brian Kerr’s Albion Rovers.
The Coatbridge outfit were in fine form earlier this term, but a slip in consistency has seen them slide down the table to eighth, to sit just four points above ninth place Forfar Athletic.
That said, the closeness of the division, means they’re just five points off a promotion playoff place, in a league which can completely change complexion from one week to the next.
It’ll be the second time the two teams have locked horn this season, and Barry Smith’s side will be hoping for a far better performance and outcome from the last meeting in September.
Raith found themselves two behind after goals from Alan Trouten and Connor Shields, and although a late strike from Greig Spence reduced the arrears, the home side hung on to deservedly take all three points.
It certainly won’t be easy though, with Albion Rovers managing at least two goals in every away league match away from Cliftonhill this season.
If the Wee Rovers can pull of an away win, it’ll be the first time they’ve defeated Raith in two successive games since the 1974/75 campaign, a season when Raith finished 13th in the old Second Division, with Albion Rovers just a place higher in twelfth.
Rovers won comfortably the last time the Coatbridge side were in town, which was a League Cup First Round tie back in August 2015, when goals from Lewis Vaughan, Kyle Benedictus and Rory McKeown handed Ray McKinnon’s team a comfortable win. However, that’s Raith’s only win over Albion Rovers in their last four meetings
Despite that, Raith the upper-hand with six wins and two draws two from the last ten outings.
Saturday’s match referee will be Alan Newlands.
Head-To-Head Home League Record:
Raith Rovers Wins: 24 | Albion Rovers Wins: 7
Draws: 8 | Raith Rovers Goals: 92 | Albion Rovers Goals: 42
Raith Rovers: L-L-L-W-W-D
Albion Rovers: L-D-L-L-W-L
Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 18 | Greig Spence 9 | Liam Buchanan 8
Albion Rovers: Alan Trouten 19 | Connor Shields 11
Raith Rovers: 9/20 | Albion Rovers: 21/4 | Draw: 15/4