Raith Rovers 

Recreation Park

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 

Kick off: 7.45pm

Championship Playoff Semi-Final

Admission Prices:

Adults – £16

Senior Citizens (over 65) – £8

Juvenile (under 16) – £4

Match Preview:

After the crushing disappointment of failing to win the league on Saturday following the 0-0 draw with Alloa, Raith Rovers face the same opponent this Wednesday evening in the semi-final first leg of the Championsip playoff.

Despite having the lion’s share of possession at the weekend, Rovers were perhaps fortunate to go in at the break level, with Alloa’s Jordan Kirkpatrick striking the bar and post in the first period, but despite late pressure, the closest Rovers came to grabbing the vital goal was when they struck the post in the final seconds, handing the title to Ayr United, who take with it the automatic promotion place.

If Rovers are to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking, they’ll now have to eliminate the Wasps over two legs, before facing the winner of Arbroath versus Dumbarton next week.

However, despite this being Raith’s fifth participation in a playoff competition, they’ve yet to win a tie from their four previous attempts.

Last season, they lost out to Brechin on penalties, after a 4-4 aggregate score-line, while the season previous, they stumbled at the first hurdle of the Premiership playoffs, losing 2-1 to Hibernian after a 1-0 win at Stark’s Park, thanks to a goal from Harry Panayiotou.

You have to go back to 2008 for their previous participation in them, with promotion to the second tier again their aim, but a 2-0 first leg defeat at Stark’s Park to Airdrie was followed up by a 2-2 draw at the Excelsior.

Their first attempt at going up via that route had come the previous season, with Rovers finishing third in the third tier, sandwiched between Stirling Albion and Brechin.

A 0-0 draw at Stark’s Park in the first leg against the Binos meant there was everything to play for in the second, but a 3-1 defeat at Forthbank put paid to Raith’s hopes.

Despite their poor playoff record, Rovers can take solace from their record at the Indodrill Stadium, which sees them unbeaten in their last seven visits.

Overall, they’ve a decent recent record against Jim Godwin’s side, winning four and drawing four of their last ten fixtures.

Wednesday evening’s match referee will be Don Robertson

Head-To-Head Away League Record:

Alloa Athletic Wins: 17 | Raith Rovers Wins: 23 | Draws: 10

Alloa Athletic Goals: 74 | Raith Rovers Goals: 86

Current Form:

Alloa Athletic: W-W-L-W-W-D

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

Top Goal Scorers:

Alloa Athletic: Iain Flannigan 8 | Ross Stewart 7

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 23 | Liam Buchanan 14 | Greig Spence 13

Match Odds:

Alloa Athletic: 5/2 | Raith Rovers: 23/20 | Draw: 12/5

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