Raith Rovers



Stark’s Park

Saturday 30th July 2016

Kick off: 3.00pm

 Admission Prices:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6*

*Concessions are under 16, over 65 and disabled. Concessions must purchase a ticket from the ticket office before entering the turnstiles.

Away support will be housed in a section of the Turnbull Hutton Stand (Main)

The Raith Suite will be open from 1pm for supporters to enjoy a refreshment before kick-off. All fans are welcome.

Match Preview:

The group stages of the Betfred League Cup reach their conclusion this Saturday, with Raith Rovers knowing that victory over Alloa Athletic will confirm them as Group D winners, and with it, passage into the last-16 of the competition.

They won’t find it easy however, against an Alloa Athletic side who have made great strides in the tournament, leading the table with a maximum nine points from nine.

Their excellent win over Ross County in midweek, means that even a slender defeat on Saturday, would likely see the League One side go through as one of the best runners-up. For Rovers however, it isn’t quite so clear-cut.

If they were to draw, and subsequently lose on penalties, Rovers would, dependent on results elsewhere, probably be eliminated from the competition on goal-difference. A win on penalties, and the bonus point it brings however, would send Raith through, while three points could potentially hand the Stark’s Park team a seeding for the next round.

To achieve that, they’ll need to do what no-one else has achieved this managed, and defeat an Alloa team who have been completely remodelled over the summer by Jack Ross.

Goalkeeper Neil Parry has been signed from Airdrie, while defenders, Scott Taggart, Calum Waters, and Andy Graham have been snapped up from Dumbarton, Celtic and Ayr United respectively.

In midfield, Ross has added former Dumbarton wide man Kevin Cawley as well as central midfielder Jon Robertson from Stenhousemuir. Protecting the back-four in there will be ex-St. Mirren veteran, Jim Goodwin.

Up-front, Alloa can call on the talents of former Raith player, Greig Spence, and he may partner Jamie Longworth after he was acquired from Stranraer.

The changes have allowed Alloa to hit the ground running, with a resounding 4-0 win over Cove Rangers, followed up by a comfortable 2-0 win over Montrose, as well as that 3-2 victory over Ross County.

Raith Rovers have only lost once to Alloa in their last ten meetings, but they have a less than impressive record against The Wasps when it comes to cup meetings. Raith only have one win from six Scottish Cup ties between the pair, while Alloa came out on top by three goals to two the last time they were paired in the League Cup competition back in 2002.

Saturday’s match referee will be Kevin Clancy

Head-to-Head Cup Record Against Alloa:

Raith Rovers Wins: 3 | Alloa Athletic Wins: 5 | Draws: 1

Raith Rovers Goals: 13 | Alloa Athletic Goals: 16

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 2 | Kyle Benedictus 1 | Chris Johnston 1

Alloa Athletic: Jordan Kirkpatrick 2 | Isaac Layne 2 | Greig Spence 2

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 4/6 | Alloa Athletic: 18/5 | Draw: 3/1

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