Saturday 20th July
Kick off: 3.00pm
Betfred Cup R1
Adult £12 Concessions: £6 Under 12s: FREE
After Saturday’s League Cup loss to Dundee, Raith Rovers travel to Inverness to face a Caledonian Thistle side, with both requiring a win to stay in the competition.
While John Robertson’s side had a free weekend last week, they were surprisingly held by League One Peterhead on Tuesday, before losing out in an extraordinary penalty shoot-out at full-time.
After 21 consecutive successive penalties, goalkeeper, Mark Ridgers missed the 22nd, meaning the bonus point went to the Blue Toon, leaving ICT third in the table, four points behind Dundee and Peterhead.
Rovers currently prop up the Group D pool, and with only the group winners and four best runners-up qualifying for the next phase, both sides need full points from this one.
John Robertson has retained the majority of last season’s squad which reached the Premiership playoffs last term, with five out and five in over the summer.
In midfield, James Vincent returned north after leaving Dundee, while David Carson was signed from Morpeth Town. 19-year old Mitchell Curry has also been brought in after the teenager was sent out on loan by Middlesbrough.
The final two signings are both forwards, with ex Hearts, Hibs and Dundee United striker James Keatings brought in, while Nikolay Todorov has been signed up, after a spell at Falkirk.
If Rovers are to get a win on Saturday, they’ll need to overturn one of their poorest records against any side in recent years, with no wins in 18 attempts and 19 years against the Highland side.
Rovers last victory was a 2-1 win in the First Division back in October 2000, and since then, they’ve managed just two draws in 18 meetings.
Their last match up was in the same competition a year ago, when a late Daniel McKay goal sealed a 2-1 win for the home side after Grant Gillespie had brought Rovers level, following Nathan Austin’s opener.
Saturday’s match referee will be Gavin Ross.
Head-To-Head Cup Record Versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle:
Inverness Wins: 4 | Raith Rovers Wins: 0 | Draws: 0
Inverness Goals: 9 | Raith Rovers Goals: 1
Inverness: 8/15 | Raith Rovers: 15/4 | Draw: 16/5