Albion Rovers

Raith Rovers

Cliftonhill Stadium, Coatbridge

 Saturday 30th September 2017

Kick off: 3.00pm 

Admission Prices:

Adult – £14
Concession – £7
Children under 12 – £2
Concession entry covers over 65, unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with valid ID and disabled (carer free)

Match Preview: 

Goals should be all but guaranteed at Coatbridge this weekend when two of the divisions top-scorers meet at the Cliftonhill Stadium.

Between them, Albion Rovers and Raith Rovers have scored 39 times in just seven outings apiece, with Lewis Vaughan and Alan Trouten already scoring 28 times in all competitions.

Trouten is just one of the new faces who has arrived since the end of last season, with Brian Kerr rebuilding the squad following the departure of Darren Young and a swathe of players.

In all, 11 players have joined the Wee Rovers since last season, with some of the more notable being midfielder, Graeme Holmes, who joined from Alloa, while central defender, Jason Marr made the same switch from the Indodrill Stadium.

Possibly linking up with Marr in the central defensive area will be ex-Raith defender, Ross Perry, who signed for the Coatbridge club after leaving Clyde.

Brian Kerr’s side are exceeding expectations so far this term, and are sitting fourth in the table with 12 points, albeit their home and away form couldn’t be any more contrasting. Each of their dozen points have been accumulated on their travels, while they’re yet to pick up a single one at home, with three defeats from three so far.

It’s been 28 years since the two sides last shared a division, in fact, they haven’t met on league duty since Scotland moved to a four-tier system. 1989/90 saw the two lock horns in the old First Division, with Rovers winning two and drawing one of the three meetings Raith went on to finish fifth, while Albion Rovers were relegated back to the basement league in 13th position.

They have faced each other in cup competitions since though, with Rovers winning 3-0 in a first-round League Cup tie in 2015, with goals coming from Lewis Vaughan, Kyle Benedictus and Rory McKeown.

Raith has a good record against Albion Rovers, with seven wins and one draw from the last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be David Lowe.

Head-to-Head Away League Record:

Albion Rovers Wins: 16 | Raith Rovers Wins: 14 | Draws: 8

Albion Rovers Goals: 59 | Raith Rovers Goals: 53

Current Form:

Albion Rovers: W-L-W-W-L-W

Raith Rovers: W-W-W-W-W-W

Top Goal Scorers:

Albion Rovers: Alan Trouten 13 | Connor Shields 9

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 15 | Liam Buchanan 7 | Greig Spence 4

Match Odds:

Albion Rovers: 15/4 | Raith Rovers: 4/6 | Draw: 3/1

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