Raith Rovers

Saturday 22nd February  2014

Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Prices:

Adults – £16

Under 16 and over 65 – £9

Parent & Child – £21

Match Preview: 

Raith Rovers will look to get their league season back on track at the Bet Butler Stadium this weekend, as they take on a Dumbarton side who currently top the Championship’s form table.

Ian Murray’s men are unbeaten in 2014,  winning five times and drawing twice since their last defeat at the end of December to Dundee. Their only other defeat during their last ten matches was at Stark’s Park earlier in the same month, Rovers last league victory.

Raith will need to be wary of a side that is the divisions top scorers, as the Sons have notched up forty-two goals in just twenty-four league matches. The majority of those have come away from home however, and Raith will be hoping to cash in on the fact that Dumbarton have picked up more points on their travels, than at home.

Raith have already beaten Dumbarton twice this season, and have only lost once in the last ten league meetings between the sides, a 4-2 defeat in March of last year. Raith have won seven of the other nine encounters.

A win on Saturday, would see Raith close the gap to Dumbarton to 2 points, while a win for the hosts, could see them leap-frog fourth place Queen of the South.

When these two clubs meet in February, it tends to be a high scoring affair, as both clubs highest victory in the fixture, has come in the month. Dumbarton won 6-1 back in February 1932, while Rovers recorded a resounding 7-0 win, six years later.

Saturday’s match referee will be Don Robertson.

What the Manager Said:
It was a poor day all-round for Raith last Saturday, and while the goals scored in the second period gave the scoreline a degree of respectability, Grant Murray was quick to acknowledge that it was too little too late,

“I was very disappointed with Saturday,  especially considering how well we’d played the previous week. To go from such a high, to such a low, in the space of forty-five minutes was difficult, but we didn’t start well, and against a team like Hamilton, you’re going to get punished.”

“That’s what happened to us last week, we were punished at every available opportunity, and it wasn’t good enough, and it put the game beyond us.”

“We came out the second half and were slightly better, and the goals will hopefully give John and Joe a lift, but we’ll need to raise our levels this week, for another difficult game.”

One of the consequences of the impressive cup runs is an increased fixture list, but with Raith’s injury list starting to clear, the club seems in a better position to deal with it,

“Doing well in both cups brings extra games, but that’s part and parcel of doing well. We’re happy with our cup form, but we need to recreate that in the league.”

“The win against Hibs has given us another exciting tie in the next round, live on TV, so that’s something to look forward to.”

“We obviously want all our players available to us, and Paul Watson doesn’t look to be far away, and neither does Calum Elliot, so that’ll be a great help.”

Raith will be severely tested again this weekend, but with one win already at the Bet Butler Stadium this season, Murray feels they can go there and win,

“Dumbarton are the form team at the moment, but we need to take a wee bit of belief into the game. We’ve already had two good victories over them this season, including a great 4-2 win there already. We need to go there, looking to win.”

Head-to-Head League Record at Dumbarton:

Dumbarton wins: 26 | Raith Rovers wins: 18 | Draws: 7

Dumbarton goals: 111 | Raith Rovers goals: 77

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Dumbarton: Mitchel Megginson 8 | Bryan Prunty 7 | Chris Kane 6

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 10 | Greig Spence 8 | Joe Cardle 6

Match Odds:
Dumbarton: 5/4 | Raith Rovers: 9/5 | Draw: 23/10

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