Falkirk 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 15th August 2015

Falkirk Stadium

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

Admission Prices: 15

 Adults – £18 

Over 65 – £12

Full time student – £12 

Under 18 – £6

Under 12 – Free 

Additional Information: 

The main car park at the Falkirk Stadium will be out of use due to on-going works. Travelling support is advised to use on-street parking or Middlefield Industrial Estate.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers will look to continue their unblemished start to the season this Saturday, when they head to the Falkirk Stadium, for what will be the the 150th league meeting between the two sides.

Rovers 3-0 opening day Championship victory over Livingston was their third consecutive clean-sheet of the season, while Falkirk’s campaign began with a 1-1 draw at Cappielow, with ex-Raith centre-half, Paul Watson grabbing Falkirk’s goal after 19 minutes.

Unlike the majority of the clubs in the division, the Falkirk squad remained relatively stable in terms of comings-and-goings over the summer. Peter Houston did have to contend with the blow of losing Rory Loy to Dundee, and Jamie MacDonald to Kilmarnock, but they’ve been replaced with ex-Motherwell forward, Bob McHugh, whilst in goals, Danny Rogers has joined on loan from Aberdeen, after a loan spell at Dumbarton last season. Falkirk also bolstered their defensive options, with the acquisition of Watson, after he left Stark’s Park after spending two seasons at the Kirkcaldy club.

Last season’s results were evenly split between the two sides, with a couple of draws and a win apiece. The first meeting was a fairly forgettable 0-0 draw at Stark’s Park in September, but a Ryan Conroy goal gave Rovers a 1-0 win at Falkirk at the tail-end of 2014. The second match at Stark’s Park again finished all-square, although it took a Will Vaulks own-goal and a last minute effort by Ross Callachan to swing a point in Raith’s direction.

However, Vaulks would make amends in the fourth and final match-up, when his solitary strike  was enough to hand The Bairns all three points, after Rovers had been reduced to 10 men due to Liam Fox’s dismissal.

Raith have only won two of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between the clubs, with the other victory coming in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup in September 2013. Greig Spence’s late goal was enough to see Raith through to the last-four.

Saturday’s match referee will be Stephen Finnie.

Head-to-Head League Record at Falkirk:

Falkirk Wins: 43 | Raith Rovers Wins: 18 | Draws: 14

Falkirk Goals: 139 | Raith Rovers Goals: 85

Current Form:

Falkirk W-W-D | Raith Rovers W-W-W

Top Goalscorers:

Falkirk: John Baird  2 | Bob McHugh 2

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 2

Match Odds:

Falkirk: 3/4 | Raith Rovers: 18/5 | Draw: 14/5

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