Dumbarton 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 16th April 2016

Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium

Kick off: 5.15pm 

Admission Prices: 

Adults – £18

Concessions – £9

Parent & Child (Under 12) – £24

Match Preview:

With Raith Rovers play-off spot now assured, Ray McKinnon’s men head to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium this weekend looking to sustain their excellent run of form.

Saturday’s 2-1 win against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park made it six wins and two draws from their last eight outings, the team’s longest unbeaten league sequence since the 2013, when Grant Murray’s team made it ten without loss between August and October.

Whatever the result this Saturday, the match will presumably struggle to cram in as many goals and drama as was shoehorned into Raith’s last visit in November.

James Craigen gave Rovers an early lead, before Mark Stewart added another just before half-time. Scott Robertson appeared to have put Raith on easy street in the second-period, but two headed goals from Steven Saunders and a late penalty from Garry Fleming, handed Dumbarton a point which at one stage couldn’t have looked any less likely.

The two meetings at Stark’s Park this season have featured far fewer goals, with the last match in January ending 0-0, while Raith came out on top with the only goal in September, thanks to a header from Lewis Toshney.

One very familiar face in the home ranks will be Christian Nade, who has been in exemplary form since signing for Dumbarton at the end of January.

His two goals in the midweek win over Queen of South made it seven goals in just 11 appearances for the Sons, with the Frenchman already proving to be something of a cult figure amongst the Dumbarton support.

A win for Dumbarton would almost certainly secure their place in the second-tier for another season, while all-but condemning Livinsgton to ninth place in the process.

For Raith on the other hand, three points would narrow the gap between themselves and Hibernian to just a two points, and with third place guaranteeing a home tie in the second-leg of the playoff, snatching the position from under Hibs nose could hand Raith an advantage in the event of a play-off tie between the two.

Rovers have a good recent record against Dumbarton in recent seasons, with four wins and four draws from their last ten meetings.

Saturday evening’s match referee will be Nick Walsh.

Head-to-Head League Record at Dumbarton:

Dumbarton Wins: 27 | Raith Rovers Wins: 18 | Draws: 10

Dumbarton Goals: 121 | Raith Rovers Goals: 86

Current Form:

Dumbarton: L-W-D-L-D-L

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

Top Goal Scorers:

Dumbarton: Gary Fleming 9 | Christian Nade 4

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 11 | James Craigen 8 | Kyle Benedictus 5

Match Odds:

Dumbarton: 2/1 | Raith Rovers: 13/10 | Draw: 13/5

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