Dumbarton 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Dumbarton Football Stadium 

Kick off 12.15pm 

 

 Admission Prices: 

Adult – £18

Concessions – £9

Parent and Child – £24

Match Preview:

Laurie Ellis will take charge of the Raith Rovers squad this Saturday, as they look to the end their Championship season in the same way they started it, with victory over Dumbarton.

Fixtures between these two sides tend to be high-scoring encounters, with 47 goals scored in the 11 matches played, since Dumbarton returned to the second tier of Scottish football back in 2012. That appears to be especially so when Dumbarton are the home side, with three of the last five matches to take place at The Dumbarton Stadium featuring six goals, with each side racking up a 4-2 win, while last season saw both sides play out an enthralling 3-3 draw.

Both teams however are on identical poor runs of form, with one win and five defeats from their last six matches. Raith’s last win was at the end of March, when goals from Mark Stewart and Lewis Vaughan sealed a 2-1 win over Hibernian, while Dumbarton’s was on the same day, after they won 1-0 at home to Falkirk.

Victory for Raith Rovers on Saturday would make it their third league win over Dumbarton this season, which would be the first time they’d achieved such a statistic since the 2005/06 campaign. That term would see Raith Rovers finish seventh in the Second Division, while Dumbarton finished bottom, relegated to the fourth tier after four seasons in the third.

On the other hand, if Dumbarton can eke out a win on Saturday, it’ll be the first occasion they’ve beaten Raith twice in the league since the 1983-84 First Division campaign. Dumbarton would end the up promoted to the Premier League behind Morton, while Raith Rovers finished bottom, relegated to the Second Division along with Alloa Athletic.

The two sides first meeting this season saw Raith get off to the perfect start on the opening day, with a 3-1 win. Paul Watson opened the scoring in the second-period, while Christian Nadé and a Ryan Conroy free-kick, confirmed the win. Scott Agnew grabbed Dumbarton’s consolation in the final minute.

That man Agnew was at it again in December, when two goals were enough to see of a Rovers side who had drawn level through Mark Stewart  in the second-half. However, The Dumbarton midfielder sealed all three points for the Sons with a late penalty.

Their last meeting was in January, and saw Raith take all three points with a 2-1 win. Rovers cantered into a two goal lead, through a Ryan Conroy penalty and a strike from Grant Anderson. But, despite a dominant showing from Rovers, a late goal by Mitch Megginson ensured a nervy finish to the match.

Raith have a good head-to-head record in this fixture recently, with six wins from the last ten league meetings, compared to Dumbarton’s three.

Saturday’s match referee will be Mat Northcroft.

Head-to-Head League Record at Dumbarton:

Dumbarton Wins: 27 | Raith Rovers Wins: 18 | Draws: 8

Dumbarton Goals: 116 | Raith Rovers Goals: 81

Current Form:

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

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

Top Goalscorers In All Competitions:

Dumbarton: Garry Fleming 6 | Chris Kane 5 | Scott Agnew and Mitch Megginson both 4

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy and Mark Stewart both 9 | Christian Nadé 7

Match Odds:

Dumbarton: 7/5 |Raith Rovers: 7/4 | Draw: 11/4

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