Raith Rovers 

Dumbarton 

Saturday 9th August 2014 

Stark’s Park 

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


Preview:

The Championship returns to Stark’s Park this weekend, as Raith Rovers begin their campaign with a home match against Dumbarton. Both teams go into the match on the back of mixed results in the opening two cup-ties of the season against League One opponents. While Raith saw off Forfar in the League Cup but lost to Dunfermline in the Petrofac Training Cup, Dumbarton lost 3-2 to Stranraer in their opening game, before bouncing back to defeat Brechin City 1-0 last Saturday.

Despite losing right-back Paul McGinn to Dundee, and forward Chris Kane who has rejoined parent club St. Johnstone, manager Ian Murray has added some depth to a squad who performed so well last season. David Van Zanten has signed up after leaving St. Mirren, and he’ll likely start in the position vacated by McGinn, although he faces competition from Scott Taggart, after the defender left Morton following their relegation. Experienced defender Lee Mair will also likely feature in the central position, after he was snapped up, following his departure from Partick Thistle.

While Dumbarton fans were disappointed to learn that Chris Kane wouldn’t be returning for a further loan spell this season, their forward options have been bolstered by the arrival of Archie Campbell. Although his appearances were restricted at the Greenock club last season, he scored 13 goals during Morton’s promotion challenge in 2012/13, and his pace will be a welcome addition to Dumbarton’s attack.

Another new face is goalkeeper Danny Rogers, who has joined on-loan from Aberdeen. The highly thought of youngster is expected to start as Dumbarton’s first-choice goalkeeper this term, ahead of Jamie Ewings, and Stephen Grindlay.

No side’s games featured more goals than Dumbarton last season, with the Sons 36 league matches producing 129 goals, and this fixture provided plenty of them,  with 19 goals in the 4 encounters.

Although Raith have an excellent home record against Dumbarton, it was Ian Murray’s side who took all 3 points the last time they met in Kirkcaldy, after a 3-1 win in April, a victory which was their first league win at Stark’s Park since December 1983.

Despite losing that last match, Raith have an impressive recent league record against Saturday’s opponents, with 5 wins and just 2 defeats from their last 10 matches.

Saturday’s match referee will be John Beaton, and his assistants will be Gavin Thomson, and Brian Templeton.

 

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

Raith Rovers wins: 32 | Draws: 10 | Dumbarton wins: 11

Raith Rovers goals: 114 | Dumbarton goals: 64

Top Goalscorers:

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 2 | Ryan Conroy 1

Dumbarton: Jordan Kirkpatrick | Mark Gilhaney | Andy Graham 1

Match Odds:

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

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