Raith Rovers

V

Alloa Athletic

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy

Kick off: 7.45pm

 

Admission Prices: 

Adults – £17 | Parent & Child – £20 | Concessions* – £9

Students* – £13 | Under 6 – Free | Disabled – Half Price and carer free

*Concessions are under 16s, over 65s. Jobseekers and full time students can only be purchased as a concession from the main office at Stark’s Park. Jobseekers must show satisfactory proof of entitlement along with photographic I.D and students must show a valid 2013/14 matriculation card – expired student cards will not be accepted

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers face Alloa Athletic at Stark’s Park on Tuesday evening, in the first of 4 consecutive home matches for the club. With Rovers currently eighth in the table, and their visitors one place better off in seventh, it’s an important match for both teams. Due to the compact nature of the Championship, victory for Raith would take them to sixth in the table, just two points outside the promotion play-off, while a win for Alloa, would move them level on points with Queen of the South in fifth.

Alloa gained their first win under new manager Barry Smith on Saturday, with a 1-0 win away at Greenock Morton, thanks to an early Ryan McCord goal. Smith has also been active on the signing front since his arrival at Recreation Park, bringing in former Hibernian and Scotland striker, Derek Riordan. Riordan has come off the bench twice since signing for Alloa, and in both matches he’s made an impact, with both Livingston’s Simon Mensing, and Morton’s Dougie Imrie being dismissed for bringing him down, and denying the forward a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Like Alloa, Raith were also on their travels on Saturday, and were involved in something of a classic, after their match with Dumbarton finished 3-3 at the Bet Butler Stadium. Rovers fought back from being a goal down twice, thanks to two goals from Gordon Smith, and one from John Baird, but they were unable to hold on to their 3-2 lead, and were denied all three points, after an excellent goal from Scott Agnew.

Both teams have a win apiece from this fixture this season, Raith won the first meeting 4-2 at Stark’s Park back in September, while Alloa ran out 1-0 in their home tie in November. Perhaps that shouldn’t be too surprising, as their hasn’t been an away win in this fixture in the last ten meetings between the clubs. Raith have won five of those games, with Alloa coming out on top in three.

Tuesday night’s match referee will be Alan Muir.

Head-to-Head League Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers wins: 26 | Alloa Athletic wins: 7 | Draws: 9

Raith Rovers goals: 106 | Alloa Athletic goals: 52

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 10 | Greig Spence 8 | Joe Cardle 6 | Gordon Smith 6

Alloa Athletic: Kevin Cawley 6 | Andy Kirk 6 | Ryan McCord 5

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 6/5 | Alloa Athletic: 2/1 | Draw: 9/4

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