Saturday 20th February 2021
Kick off: 3.00pm
After Raith’s fixture against Ayr United was frozen out last weekend, they return to action this Saturday with a Championship fixture against Arbroath at Gayfield.
Dick Campbell’s men are on a run of good form going into this one, with their last defeat coming against Hearts at the end of December.
Since then, they’ve been unbeaten in 2021, a sequence of six matches which has lifted them away from the relegation spots and up to eighth.
The picture could have been even more rosy for them last week, when they led Alloa by a goal to nil heading into injury time, but a late, late leveller from Innes Cameron rescued a point for the Wasps at the death.
A big part in that upturn of form has been the addition of loan signings in the transfer window, with box-to-box midfielder, Rangers Ben Williamson impressing in the middle of the park, while in-form forward, Jack Hamilton has scored three goals in four games since arriving from Livingston. Hamilton has already enjoyed a loan spell at East Fife earlier in the campaign, where he netted nine goals in 13 appearances.
Raith have faced the Red Lichties once already this season, on the opening day of the campaign, which ended as a comfortable 3-0 win for John McGlynn’s side.
First half goals from Daniel Armstrong, Reghan Tumilty and Regan Hendry had Rovers in an excellent position at the interval, and it could have been more in a controlled second half performance.
Rovers are unbeaten in their last six visits to Gayfield, with heir last loss coming back in 2003, with a 1-0 reverse in a League Cup First Round tie.
Indeed, Raith have a good record against Arbroath in general, with four wins and five draws from the last 10 meetings.
Saturday’s match referee will be Greg Aitken.
Head-To-Head Record at Arbroath:
Arbroath Wins: 13 | Raith Rovers Wins: 16 | Draws: 5
Arbroath Goals: 57 | Raith Rovers Goals: 58
Raith Rovers: L-W-L-W-L-W
Arbroath: Thomas O’Brien 4 | Jack Hamilton 3 | Dale Hilson 3
Raith Rovers: Manny Duku 10 | Daniel Armstrong 4
Arbroath: 19/10 | Raith Rovers: 7/5 | Draw: 23/10