Raith Rovers 

Morton

Saturday 27th February 2016

Stark’s Park 

Kick off: 3.00pm 

Admission Prices: 

Adults – £18

Under 16/Over 65/Disabled – £9*

Student / Jobseeker – £12*

*All concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office before entering the turnstiles. Valid I.D must be shown at the time of purchase.

Match Preview:

Greenock Morton are the visitors to Stark’s Park this Saturday, fresh from producing one of the results of the season in midweek.

Their 3-0 win at Easter Road made Rangers the overwhelming favourites for the Championship title, but more importantly to Jim Duffy’s team, it moved them just one point behind Raith Rovers in the table.

The impressive victory continued Morton’s fine away record this season, with only the the top-three, Rangers, Hibernian and Falkirk having a more impressive record on the road this season.

If they’re to sustain that however, they’ll need to overturn a poor recent record at Stark’s Park, and against Rovers in general, with the ‘Ton without a win against Raith in seven attempts, and without a win at Stark’s Park since January 2010. Looking back even further, Morton have registered just two league wins against Rovers in their last 19 attempts.

Both of this season’s previous meetings have went right to the wire, with Raith winning both by two goal to one, and both with late goals.

Mark Stewart put Rovers in front just before half-time at Stark’s in October, before Thomas O’Ware appeared to secure a point with an equaliser with eight minutes remaining. However, Jason Thomson’s winner, four minutes into injury-time sealed a dramatic win.

The return match at Cappielow in December saw the away team on the back-foot for much of the first-half, but Morton could only take a one goal lead into the interval, thanks to an Alex Samuel strike. That lead was soon wiped out in the second-period by a deflected Ross Callachan effort, and the comeback was sealed by James Craigen’s penalty as the full-time whistle approached.

Saturday’s match is the start of a hectic sequence for Rovers, with eight games between now and the end of March, a fixture flurry which will go a long way to deciding who wrests control of the final play-off position.

Saturday’s match referee will be Mat Northcroft.

Head-To-Head League Record At Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers Wins: 29 | Morton Wins: 15 | Draws: 16

Raith Rovers Goals: 100 | Morton Goals: 64

Current Form:

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

Morton: L-W-D-W-L-W

Top Goal-scorers:

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 8 | James Craigen 5 | Kyle Benedictus 3 | Grant Anderson 3

Morton: Denny Johnstone 11 | Stef McCluskey 7 | Alex Samuel 4 | Joe McKee 4 | Ross Forbes 4

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 8/5 | Morton: 17/10 | Draw: 23/10

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