Raith Rovers

V

Dumbarton

Saturday 14th December 2013

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy

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

Match Preview:

After a spell of five away matches in six games, Raith return to Stark’s Park for the first of two consecutive home fixtures in the run up to Christmas, with Dumbarton the guests this weekend.

Raith will be looking to build on their impressive home form, which currently sees them unbeaten in six matches since that opening day defeat to Hamilton. However, Dumbarton’s away form could be a cause for concern, with the Son’s picking up more points on their travels than they have at home, indeed only Dundee and Hamilton have picked up more points on the road this season. That record is due in no small part to their goalscoring form away from the Bet Butler Stadium, with only league leaders Dundee managing more away goals this season.

With only six points separating the top six teams in the Championship table, victory for Raith Rovers would, at the very least, consolidate their position in the play-off places, while a win for Dumbarton, could lift them as high as sixth.

This fixture tends to be a high scoring encounter, with 38 goals scored in the last ten league meetings. Curiously, since the clubs first met on league business in 1906, both clubs have scored the same amount of goals as each other while playing as the home side, 111 in all, a statistic that Rovers will be eager to change this Saturday.

Raith have a good recent record against Dumbarton, with six wins in the last ten league meetings, while Dumbarton have emerged victorious on two occasions. Dumbarton’s last league victory at Stark’s Park was a 3-1 win 30 years ago this month, during a season which saw Raith Rovers relegated from the First Division, while Dumbarton finished second and gained promotion to the Premier Division.

Saturday’s match referee will be Calum Murray.

What the Manager said: 

The 3-1 loss to Falkirk last Saturday was of course a disappointing result, but Grant Murray also felt that the performance fell short of what Raith have proven they’re capable of this season,

“We were really disappointed to lose the game on Saturday. You can still occasionally win games of football, even when you don’t perform as well as you can, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case last weekend. We lost an early goal which made it an uphill battle right away, then at two down, we knew we had to have a real go, and we have managed to come back into games this season, after going behind. The real disappointment though, was losing a goal from a set-piece, straight after half-time.”

“We had a wee flurry late on, and managed to get a goal back, but we accept that on the day, we didn’t play well enough. That’ll happen from time-to-time, but when it does, we need to be good enough to bounce back the following week, and that’s what we’ll look to do tomorrow.”

After a string of away games in the league and the cup, Raith make a return to Stark’s Park tomorrow for just the second time since the end of October. With a good home record this season, Grant insists it’s a welcome return, but is aware that Dumbarton’s impressive away form, also makes it a difficult one.

“It’ll be great to get back to Stark’s Park and play on our own pitch, in front of our home fans, which will obviously be a huge benefit as we look to take three points. On top of that, we’re also looking to put in a good performance as well.”

“A good home record is vital if you want to challenge in this league, and outwith the Hamilton game, we’ve done pretty well in terms of making Stark’s Park a difficult place to come for visiting teams, and we want that to continue. You always want to send the fans away happy at full-time, and that’s what we’re aiming to do tomorrow.”

“While I’ve stressed just how important a home record can be, the flip side is that this season, our opponents Dumbarton have actually got an excellent away record. In fact, they’ve picked up more points away from home this season, and that’s something we need to be wary of. We played them earlier in the season, and we managed to get a great win, but they’re capable of scoring goals, and they ended up right back in it towards the end. I’m sure tomorrow will be another good game.”

Head-to-Head record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers wins: 31 | Dumbarton wins: 10 | Draws: 10

Raith Rovers goals: 111 | Dumbarton goals: 60

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

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

Dumbarton: Bryan Prunty 6 | Mitch Megginson 5 | Chris Turner 4

Match Odds: 

Raith Rovers: 4/5 | Dumbarton: 7/2 | Draw: 11/4

Written by Shaughan McGuigan 

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