Raith Rovers

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Cowdenbeath

Saturday 21st December 2013

Stark’s Park

Kick off: 3.00pm

 

Admission Prices

Adults £15 | Parent & Child £18 | Students £11

Concessions £7* | Under 6 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

 

Raith Rovers will be looking to sustain their 100% record in Fife derbies this season, when they welcome Cowdenbeath to Stark’s Park, this weekend.

Unusually the away dugout will feature one of Grant Murray’s predecessors this Saturday, as Jimmy Nicholl’s recent appointment as the Blue Brazil’s manager, means he’ll be making a welcome return to Kirkcaldy. The former Raith boss will be looking to build on his sides excellent 2-1 win over the league leaders Dundee at Dens Park last week, as Cowdenbeath look to close the gap between themselves and eighth placed Dumbarton.

Last weeks 2-1 win over Dumbarton, moved Raith to within 3 points of league leaders Hamilton, and they’ll be looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the league over the festive period, which also features a trip to Livingston, and a home fixture against Dundee on Januray the 2nd.

While Raith won the first match between the two clubs this season, Cowdenbeath were unbeaten in this fixture last term, the first time they’ve achieved this feat since the 1984/85 campaign, a season which saw Cowdenbeath finish 3rd in the Second Division, while Rovers finished a distant 7th.

In the last ten league meetings between the sides, Raith have won on 5 occasions, with 4 matches ending all square. Cowdenbeath’s only win was last season, when a stunning James Stevenson free-kick was all that separated the sides.

Saturday’s match will be refereed by Greg Aitken.

What the Manager Said:

Saturday’s win, means Raith’s recent home record now stands at five wins and a draw from their last six outings, a run that Grant Murray is understandably delighted with. The 2-1 win over Dumbarton was also notable for the Raith starting XI featuring three players who have emerged through the Kirkcaldy clubs system. As Murray explained, the three involved, Ross Laidlaw, Ross Callachan and Lewis Vaughan, aren’t just gaining experience, they’re also making a big contribution to the clubs excellent start to the season,

“Conditions weren’t great to say the least, and I thought the first half was a fairly even contest. I always feel it’s a huge advantage to get the first goal in this league though, and while it doesn’t always mean you’ll go on and win, it does give you a huge boost.”

“Overall, I thought we did fantastically well to get that two goal lead, which gave us that bit of breathing space, and allowed us to go on, and record another good home win.”

“At the start of the season, David McGurn and Ross Laidlaw shared the pre-season friendlies, but I thought that Davie just pipped Ross in them, so he began the season as our first choice goalkeeper. However, Ross has came in and done fantastic for us. We know what he’s capable of, as he had a spell in the first team last season, and right now, he’s our number one, despite us bringing in Colin Stewart because of Davie’s injury. Even that is a good thing for Ross though, as Colin is a very experienced keeper, who Ross can only learn from.”

“Ross Callachan has come in and played very well. He’s been pushing hard in the reserves, and biding his time, which is never easy for any player, but his chances have probably been restricted because of our good start to the season. He’s taking his chance now though, and I think he’s impressed everyone with his good work in the middle of the park.”

“As for Lewis, he’s a player who got a taste of first team football at the start of the season, but has dropped back into the reserves over the last few weeks. He got his chance again on Saturday though, and was fantastic, scoring the first, and involved in the second. All three of them have come in and done a job for us this season.”

The attention now turns to this week’s Fife derby against Cowdenbeath, a fixture which both clubs go into in a buoyant frame of mind, after wins last weekend. It’ll also mean the return to Stark’s Park of Jimmy Nicholl, who will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome when he emerges from the tunnel,

“I played in a lot of derbies myself, and it never really matters where a team is sitting in the league when it comes to one of these games. Cowdenbeath will be full of confidence, after a fantastic win at Dundee last Saturday. I think that’s Dundee’s first home defeat in the league, which shows just how difficult it is to go to Dens Park and get a positive result.”

“They’ve got a new manager in place too, so the players will be eager to impress him. However, we’re on a high as well after a good result last week, and we want to keep this home run going.”

“Jimmy was the Cowdenbeath manager before Colin Cameron, so this will be his second spell in bringing a side to Stark’s Park. I’ve come across Jimmy a few times during my career, and I’ve nothing but admiration for him. He’s been fantastic for Raith Rovers and it’s fans over the years, due to his achievements at the club, but come Saturday, he’ll be looking to do what’s best for Cowdenbeath, which means aiming to leave here with the three points. We know we’ll need to be at our best to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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

Raith Rovers wins 22 | Draws 7 | Cowdenbeath wins 14

Raith Rovers goals 86 | Cowdenbeath goals 61

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 9 | Greig Spence 8 | Joe Cardle 5

Cowdenbeath: Kane Hemmings 13 | Greg Stewart 5 | Jordan Morton 3

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers 4/9 | Cowdenbeath 4/1 | Draw: 10/3

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