Raith Rovers 

Forfar Athletic

Saturday 4th September 2021 

Stark’s Park 

Kick off: 3pm

 

Ticket Information

This is a ticket only match. Tickets for both supporters can be bought online in advance of the game. The e-ticket will be emailed to you and can be downloaded on your phone and scanned at the turnstile.

Raith Rovers supporters can purchase TICKETS HERE 

Forfar supporters can purchase TICKETS HERE 

Supporters are reminded of the Access Arrangements for this match, as previously announced HERE

Match Preview:

After an enforced hiatus, Raith Rovers return to action this weekend, with an SPFL Trust Trophy match against SPFL League Two Forfar Athletic.

The Loons are unbeaten in the league this term and sit third in the table, behind title favourites Kelty Hearts and Annan Athletic.

Rovers on the other hand are without a win in the Championship after two attempts, but last time out they did produce an excellent victory against Aberdeen in a League Cup second round tie, with goals coming from Ethon Vairian and Dario Zanatta.

The last time these two sides met turned out to be a league decider, although no-one realised it at the time.

Raith were 2-1 winners when Forfar visited Stark’s Park on League One duty back in March 2020, with Daniel Armstrong and John Baird giving Rovers a 2-0 lead, before Connor Coupe halved the arrears in the final minute.

It was a victory that ensured Rovers won the SPFL League One title, with the season shutting down just after.

The two teams met in this competition five years ago, and on that occasion, the game was a little less enjoyable from a Raith point of view, with Gary Locke’s men bundled out of the tournament by the Loons 3-2.

Mark Stewart had given Rovers an early advantage, but two goals in six minutes from Lewis Milne and Josh Peters had turned the third round tie on its head.

Peters extended Forfar’s lead early in the second period, but even though Declan McManus had brought Rovers back into it with a little under 25 minutes remaining, Forfar held out for a surprise win.

With the draw for this tournament already mapped out to the final, both teams know that the winners will take on Peterhead or East Fife in the next round.

Rovers hold the upper hand in this fixture in recent years, with four wins and four draws from the last 10 meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Matthew MacDermid

Head-To-Head Cup Record Versus Forfar:

Raith Rovers Wins: 3

Forfar Wins: 2

Draws: 0

Raith Rovers Goals: 15

Forfar Goals: 10

Current Form:

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

Forfar: W-W-W-D-D-D

Top Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 4, Dario Zanatta 3

Forfar: Matthew Aitken 3, Stef McCluskey 3

 

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