Raith Rovers 

Cowdenbeath 

Saturday 15th November 2014

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy 

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

 Admission Prices:

Adults – £17  | Students – £13 | Concessions* – £9 | Parent & Child – £20

 Disabled – Half price

 *Concessions are under 16s, over 65s and jobseekers. Both full time students and jobseeker tickets can only be purchased 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 matriculation card – expired student cards will not be accepted.

Cowdenbeath fans will be accommodated within Stark’s Parks KeyTech (Railway) Stand on Saturday. Access to the KeyTech Stand is via the North Car Park behind the McDermid Stand. The turnstiles are positioned adjacent to the perimeter fence. Access for wheelchair or less able guests who cannot enter using turnstiles facilities will still be able to enter the stadium via the McDermid Stand Disabled Access Gate.

Match Preview:

It’s Fife derby day at Stark’s Park this weekend, as Raith Rovers get set to face Cowdenbeath for the second time this season. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the first meeting in August, when goals from Mark Stewart, Lewis Vaughan and a Ryan Conroy free-kick, fired Raith to a 3-1 win at Central Park.

However, Cowdenbeath will be a much changed side from the one that faced Raith that day. Goalkeeper Thomas Flynn has left the club, leaving Robbie Thomson, son of ex-Raith goalkeeper Scott Thomson, as their first choice custodian. Manager Jimmy Nicholl has also brought in two additional loan signings since then, with defender Marcus Fraser joining from Celtic, and forward Calum Gallagher arriving from Rangers. Their introduction to the side has coincided with an upturn in the Blue Brazil’s form, and while they sit bottom of the table, they’ve only lost three of their last seven fixtures, with two of those defeats coming against Rangers and Hibernian.

A win in Saturday’s fixture could see Nicholl’s side rise out the relegation places to eighth, while a win for Raith Rovers, would ensure they remain near the playoff spots, jostling for position with Queen of the South and Hibs.

While Rovers start the match as favourites, Cowdenbeath have an excellent record at Stark’s Park, and are unbeaten in five league visits. Rovers last home league win over them was in March 2011, when goal from John Baird and Gregory Tade, gave Raith a 2-1 win.

Cowdenbeath hold the upper hand in recent league meetings between the clubs, with three wins to Raith’s two from the last ten meetings. Raith do however have an excellent record in games played on the 15th of November. Between 1913 and 2008, they’ve played 13 fixtures, winning eight, and losing just twice.

This fixture generally manages to produce goals, with 40 scored in the last ten meetings, with last season featuring a 3-3 draw, and a 4-3 win at Central Park, which included a Greig Spence hat-trick.

Saturday’s match referee will be Brian Colvin.

Head-to-Head Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers wins: 22 | Cowdenbeath wins: 15 | Draws: 8

Raith Rovers goals: 90 | Cowdenbeath goals: 66

Current Form:

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

Cowdenbeath: D-W-L-W-L-L

Biggest home win: 29/1/1938 Division Two Raith Rovers 6 Cowdenbeath 2

Biggest away win: 22/12/1984 Division Two Raith Rovers 0 Cowdenbeath 3

Top Goalscorers:

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 5 | Mark Stewart 3 | Christian Nade 3

Cowdenbeath: Lewis Milne 5 | Sean Higgins 4 | Kudus Oyenuga 3 | Callum Gallagher 3

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 21/20 | Cowdenbeath: 12/5 | Draw: 11/4

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