Raith Rovers

v

Hearts

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy

Kick off: 7.45pm

 

Admission Prices:

Tickets for Home support will be available for purchase at the turnstiles.

Adults – £17

Concessions* – £9

Disabled – Half price

*Concessions are under 16s and over 65s

Preview:

Raith welcome runaway league leaders Heart of Midlothian to Stark’s Park on Tuesday evening for this rearranged league tie. Both clubs will be eager for the three points for different reasons as the Edinburgh outfit close in on the Championship title whilst Raith are keen to kick start their league campaign again following a narrow defeat away at Queen of the South last Saturday.

Notably, up until last Saturday, Rovers had been on a decent run of league form with only one defeat going back to 20th December, coming against Rangers at home last month. Away from the league, the midweek Scottish cup tie at Inverness was a welcome distraction but proved to be a very difficult encounter in which the Premiership side controlled large periods of the match and limited a hardworking Raith side to very few opportunities in front of goal. Inverness saw out the game more comfortably than the 1-0 score line would suggest.

This forthcoming game between Raith and Hearts is the first since the poignant occasion at Tynecastle back in November where a near capacity crowd reflected on both club’s significant contributions in the First World War, and of course joined together commemorating the role of former players in the McCraes Battalion. The match itself was settled by a single goal coming from a long range strike by Heart’s defender Ozturk early in the first half, and despite a spirited display and late pressure by Raith, Hearts managed to see out the game.

Since then, Hearts have been in unstoppable form recording 13 wins from 15 league matches, only dropping points in a draw with Hibs and losing once at home to Falkirk. Hearts are now a massive 20 points ahead at the top from nearest challengers Hibernian and with only 10 games remaining and it does appear to be a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ Hearts win outright promotion back to the top flight.

If Raith are to get anything from this match then they will need to have reliable ‘keeper David McGurn at his regular best and new defensive pairing Craig Barr and Paul Watson on top form against a free scoring Hearts side who have netted just the 14 goals in their last two games. Lewis Vaughan and Ross Callachan, both products of the Raith Academy will be keen to build on their own improving, and goal scoring displays of late, with Lewis netting a superb strike at Queen of the South on Saturday which will surely have helped his confidence.

Finally, the form book is not favourable for Grant Murray’s men with the last victory against the Jam Tarts back in 1993; a goal from fan’s favourite Davie Sinclair enough to separate the sides on the day.

Referee for the match is George Salmond.

Enjoy the game.

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

Raith Rovers wins: 14 | Heart of Midlothian wins: 21 | Draws: 11

Raith Rovers goals: 58 | Heart of Midlothian goals: 91

Top Goalscorers:

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 9 | Christian Nadé 7 | Mark Stewart 4

Heart of Midlothian: Keatings 10 | Sow 10 | Walker 9

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 15/2 | Heart of Midlothian: 1/3 | Draw: 7/2

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