Raith Rovers 

Arbroath 

Stark’s Park 

Saturday 6th October 2018

Kick-off: 3.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission Information: 

Adult – £15 

Under 16/Over 65/Disabled – £8*

Student – £10* 

Kid for a quid – one under 16 will gain entry for £1 with one full paying adult *

* Concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office. Proof of status/age may be required.

Arbroath fans will be housed in the McDermid Stand. The same admission applies as above and concession tickets can be purchased at the ticket pod outside the stand.

The Raith Suite bar will be open from 12.30pm with live music from Andrew Mitchell.

Match Preview:

It’s a top-of-the-table clash this Saturday, as Raith Rovers and Arbroath, both unbeaten in the league this term, come together at Stark’s Park.

The Red Lichties have been in superb form this season, dropping just four points to date, with draws against Dumbarton and Brechin in amongst their six league wins. That run of form sees them sit four points clear of Rovers at the top of the table, and a further three of third places East Fife.

Rovers go into the match on the back of an excellent 5-1 away win over Dumbarton, a match which was John McGlynn’s first in charge since returning to the club.

Whilst the margin of victory was surprisingly large, it wasn’t the most eye-catching element of the afternoon, with Raith putting in one of their best performances since they finished fourth in the Championship under Ray McKinnon in the 2015/16 season.

Goals from Lewis Vaughan, Kevin Nisbet, Liam Buchanan and a brace from Nathan Flanagan made the difference on the day, but there could easily have been more in a game which Rovers dominated.

However, they’ll almost certainly find it more difficult against an Arbroath team who have started the season exceptionally well under Dick Campbell.

The Gayfield side have scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in League One, and while Rovers had the upper hand against them last term, they certainly didn’t have it all their own way.

Jason Thomson and Lewis Vaughan were the scorers at Stark’s Park last October as Rovers ran out 2-0 winners, and Rovers took full points at Gayfield two days before Christmas, with Greig Spence and Buchanan on target in a 2-1 win.

The next two meetings would end in draws though, with a last minute Leighton McIntosh goal doing the damage after Thomson and Willis Furtado had handed the home side a 2-1 advantage in February.

McIntosh proved to be a thorn in Rovers flesh in the fourth and final meeting in April, as his late equaliser cancelled out Buchanan’s opener, and went some way to ensuring the title would be heading to Ayr rather than Kirkcaldy.

Raith do have a good recent record in this fixture, with five wins and four draws from their last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Craig Napier.

Head-To-Head Home League Record Versus Arbroath:

Raith Rovers Wins: 20 | Arbroath Wins: 8 | Draws: 8

Raith Rovers Goals: 68 | Arbroath Goals: 39

Current Form:

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

Arbroath: W-D-W-W-W-W

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Kevin Nisbet 9 |  Liam Buchanan 4 | Lewis Vaughan 3

Arbroath: Bobby Linn 7 | Ryan Wallace 5

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 11/8 | Arbroath: 19/10 | Draw: 5/2

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