Linlithgow Rose 

v

Raith Rovers 

Prestonfield

Saturday 1st November 2014

Kick off: 2.00pm

Scottish Cup Round 3

 

 Admission Prices: 

Adults – £12

Under 18 and Over 65 – £7

Linlithgow Rose have asked that supporters arrive early and if possible have the correct entrance fee (£12 and £7 concession – over 65 or under 18) to prevent unnecessary delay in accessing the ground.

Preview:

Raith Rovers involvement in this season’s Scottish Cup begins this Saturday, when they travel to Prestonfield Park, to take on Junior side, Linlithgow Rose. The East Region Superleague side, managed by Danny Smith, are currently sitting third in the table, five points behind leaders Newtongrange Star, with two games in hand.

While Saturday’s fixture will be Raith Rovers first game in this season’s tournament, Linlithgow have already knocked out Fraserburgh after a replay in the First Round, and Dalbeattie Star in the previous stage.

Linlithgow may be from the Junior ranks, but they’re a side with an abundance of players who have played at the senior level. Goalkeeper Scott Christie has played for both Stirling Albion and Hamilton Academical, while defenders John Ovenstone and Gary Thom have both represented East Fife. Additionally, fellow defender Mick O’Byrne has previously played for Airdrie and Albion Rovers

Midfielder Blair Batchelor was once on the books at Stark’s Park, while club captain Adam Nelson began his career at Blackburn Rovers, before moving on to Elgin City and Brechin City.

Up front, Raith will need to be wary of both Colin Strickland, who has scored 11 goals in just eight starts this season, and Tommy Coyne, with the former Kilmarnock and Dumbarton man, already on ten for the season.

This is the fourth time that Linlithgow have taken part in the Scottish Cup. On the first occasion, the 2007/08 season, they reached the Fourth Round, losing 4-0 to eventual runners-up, Queen of the South. In the 2010/11 season, they lost in the First Round to Beith, while last season they exited in the Second Round to Deveronvale after a replay.

This year is the125th anniversary of Linlithgow’s formation, and they’ve enjoyed some of their best success since the turn of the millennium. They won the East Superleague as recently as 2013, and won the Scottish Junior Cup in 2002, 2007 and 2010.

Saturday’s match has a two o’clock kick off, and will be refereed will be John McKendrick.

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Linlithgow Rose: Colin Strickland 11 | Tommy Coyne 10 | Kevin Kelbie 7

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 4 | Mark Stewart 3

Match Odds:

Linlithgow Rose: 6/1 | Raith Rovers: 2/5 | Draw: 4/5

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