Raith Rovers 

Falkirk 

Saturday 23rd April 

Stark’s Park 

Kick off: 5.15pm

 Admission Prices: 

 Adult – £15

Under 16/Over 65 – £5*

*Concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office for home fans and the ticket pod at the McDermid stand for away fans. Tickets will only be issued if valid photographic proof of status is shown.

Match Preview: 

Falkirk are the visitors to Stark’s Park this Saturday evening, for Raith’s last home league match before the play-offs begin next month.

Both teams head in to the fixture in fantastic form, with Raith now unbeaten in nine league games, while Falkirk have lost just once in their last 11 Championship fixtures, a 2-0 defeat to Livingston at the end of March.

It’s a run which sees Peter Houston’s men sitting three points clear of Hibernian with two fixtures left to play, although Hibs do still have one game in hand. While Falkirk’s recent comeback draw against Hibernian appeared to put them firmly in the box-seat for a second place finish, the Leith side’s midweek win over Rangers, means that Saturday’s match now assumes even greater importance for the Bairns.

If the current trend of this fixture continues then they’ll certainly take something from the game, as although the previous three meetings this season have been close, Falkirk claimed seven of the nine available points from them.

A late Mark Kerr goal from distance was the difference at The Falkirk Stadium in August, and although Mark Stewart gave Rovers the lead at Stark’s Park in November,goals from Blair Alston and John Baird handed Falkirk the win.

However, the points were evenly distributed in the last meeting in February. Blair Alston put Falkirk in-front, although James Craigen quickly equalised. David McCracken gave Falkirk the initiative again within minutes, but a fine second-half performance from Rovers saw them level with twenty minutes remaining after a goal from Mark Stewart, and although Kyle Benedictus saw a late red card, Rovers held on for the draw.

This season has seen the trend continuing of Rovers struggling to eke out a win against Falkirk, and the Kirkcaldy side now have just one win in 13 league matches against Houston’s team, a 1-0 win back in December 2014, thanks to a late close-range finish from Ryan Conroy.

You have to go even further back for Rovers last league win over Saturday’s opponents at Stark’s Park, November 2012 to be exact, when goals from David Smith and Grant Anderson saw the home team seal a comeback victory, after Luke Leahy had fired Falkirk in-front.

A win or a draw on Saturday would make it ten games unbeaten for Raith, a sequence which would match the run which the team embarked on at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. The longest unblemished run the club has put together in recent seasons was 15 league matches without loss, which was strung together between the end of the Second Division title-winning season of 2007-2008, and the beginning of the next campaign in the league above.

Saturday’s match referee will be Bobby Madden.

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

Raith Rovers Wins: 29 | Falkirk Wins: 27 | Draws: 19

Raith Rovers Goals: 113 | Falkirk Goals: 106

Current Form:

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

Falkirk: D-W-L-D-W-D

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 11 | James Craigen 9 | Ryan Hardie 5 | Kyle Benedictus 5

Falkirk: John Baird 19 | Blair Alston 11 | Lee Miller 9

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 7/4 | Falkirk: 29/20 | Draw: 5/2

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