Dumbarton

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Raith Rovers

Saturday 5th October

Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton 

Kick off: 3.00pm

 

Admission Prices

Adult – £16

Concession – £9

Parent & Child – £20

Please note: photo ID may be required for concession entry (over 65 and under 16). If the turnstile attendant requires to confirm your age, and you cannot produce photo ID, you will have to enter via the Adult gate.

Referee

Brian Colvin

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers travel to the Bet Butler Stadium this weekend, for their first match against Dumbarton this season. They’ll be facing a side that’s on a high, after The Sons won their second away game of the campaign last Saturday, with a 2-1 win at Queen of the South, thanks to a first half strike from Chris Turner, and a late winner from Bryan Prunty.

Like Raith, Dumbarton have made strong start to the campaign, with three wins and a draw from their first seven games. A Dumbarton win, combined with other results going their way, could see them go second in the table.

Rovers, who currently reside in that second position, will be hoping to reproduce the type of performance that almost saw them take three points from last weeks game against Falkirk, when a fantastic Kris Faulds strike denied Raith all three points right at the death, after Grant Anderson had given Raith an early lead.

With twelve goals already this season, no-one has scored more than Dumbarton in the Champonship, and those goals have come from all through the squad, with ten different players getting on the scoresheet, in all competitions.

The last ten league meetings between the sides have produced six wins for Raith and two for Dumbarton, with a further two finishing all-square.

 

What The Manager Said:

Raith head into the Dumbarton match unbeaten in six games, and with twelve points to show from their early season efforts. It could easily be more, but for an exquisite equaliser from Kris Faulds in last weeks 1-1 draw with Falkirk. For manager Grant Murray, the lateness of the strike, meant it felt more like two points were lost, rather than one gained,

“Losing a goal so late is always a sore one to take. More so when you consider how well we played, especially in the first half. I was happy with the performance, I thought we created a good few chances, but unfortunately we couldn’t find another goal that might have killed the game off.”

“I thought we deserved to be more than a goal up at half-time, but after failing to get further in front, young Kris Faulds ends up producing a wonder strike in the last minute, and it costs us. These types of things can happen in football, and unfortunately we were on the wrong end of it last Saturday.”

Despite the blow of conceding such a late strike, the Raith manager felt there were some big positives to take from the game,

“I was really pleased with how we moved the ball about. We were creating chances and playing some good football, so at half time I was really pleased with the players performances. We got off to such a great start as well, scoring after just a couple of minutes, and I think that was the biggest disappointment for the team, leading the game for almost the full ninety minutes, but only taking a point.”

“There’s no time to recover when you concede a goal as late as we did, but I do think that the players can take a lot of belief and confidence, from how they’re playing just now.”

Like Raith Rovers, Dumbarton have also started the season brightly, and are sitting on ten points, just two behind their Kirkcaldy visitors. It’s a ringing endorsement of the changes that Ian Murray has made at the club, as remarkably, it took Dumbarton until January to match that points tally last term,

“Ian has done a great job down there. Obviously that’s why he was brought in last season, because the club hadn’t picked up enough points in the opening third of the season. He’s presided over a tremendous turnaround in the clubs fortunes though, and they’ve had some great results in his time there. They’ve got off to a great start this season as well, so we know we’ll be in for a tough game.”

In a league that appears to be ultra-competitive, all away matches are a test, but Rovers can go into the match with confidence, due to some impressive away results this season,

“We’ve done really well away from Stark’s Park this season. We’ve picked up a couple of good wins on our travels, and I thought we played particularly well at Queen of the South. Morton isn’t an easy place to go either, so a point there was a good one, plus we had wins at Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline. We really want to keep that run going on Saturday.”

Head-to-Head League Record at Dumbarton:

Dumbarton wins 26 | Raith Rovers wins 17 | Draws  7

Dumbarton goals  109 | Raith Rovers goals  73

Top Goalscorers In All Competitions:

Dumbarton: Mitchel Megginson 3 | Chris Turner 3 |Bryan Prunty 2 |Kevin Smith 2 | Scott Agnew 2

Raith Rovers: Greig Spence 6 | Joe Cardle 5 | Grant Anderson 3 | Calum Elliot 3

Match Odds:

Dumbarton: 13/8 | Raith Rovers: 6/5 | Draw: 5/2

Shaughan McGuigan 

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