Raith Rovers  

Stranraer 

Saturday 4th August 2018

Stair Park

Kick off: 3.00pm

 

 

 

Admission Information:

Adults – £15
Over 65s – £10
Secondary – £5
Primary – Free

There is still space on the supporters bus. To book please contact 07888747883 with your name(s), pick up point and number of seats required.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers League One season begins this weekend, with a trip to Stair Park to take on Stevie Farrell’s Stranraer.

Like Barry Smith’s men, The Blues are going into the game on the back of a disappointing League Cup performance, finishing bottom of a group which contained Motherwell, Queen of the South, Edinburgh City and Clyde.

Stranraer’s early performances in Group G had given grounds for optimism, with a high scoring defeat to The Doonhamers, followed up by a penalty shoot-out victory over Motherwell, but subsequent defeats to Clyde and Edinburgh City, quashed any hopes of a second placed finish, and possible progression to the second round.

After their impressive end to the last campaign, following the club’s financial crisis which saw them unloading a number of big name players in January, Stranraer go into this season with a new look squad, which Steve Farrell will be hoping can challenge for the playoffs.

A whole new back four has been added, with ex-Rovers loanee, David Smith joining from Dumbarton, while Adam Cummins has been brought in from Queen’s Park, David Brownlie from Airdrie, and Andrew MacDonald was snapped up, after he left St. Mirren.

In midfield, East Fife were raided for Connor McManus and Mark Lamont, while Luke Donnelly has arrived after an impressive season at Queen’s Park. Up top, Isaac Layne has been added to the squad after leaving Brechin, and with only one recognised forward in the squad as it stands, they’ll be reliant on him as they look to finish above the mid-table position they finished in last term.

Rovers had a mixed record during their three visits to this venue last season, with the first meeting abandoned at 1-1 after a sodden park saw the game abandoned.

The replay was an even poorer experience however, with an Angus Beith goal handing the home side a 1-0 win, as Raith looked to stretch their advantage at the top of the table.

The final meeting was far better though, as Rovers turned in one of their best performances of the season, coming away with a 3-0 win, with goals from Euan Murray, Liam Buchanan and Lewis Vaughan.

Raith have an excellent record in this fixture, with eight wins and a draw from their last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be David Lowe

Head-To-Head League Record At Stranraer:

Stranraer Wins: 7 | Raith Rovers Wins: 16 | Draws: 6

Stranraer Goals: 37 | Raith Rovers Goals: 64

Current Form:

Stranraer: L-D-L-L | Raith Rovers: L-D-L-L

Top Goalscorers:

Stranraer: Grant Anderson 2

Raith Rovers: Grant Gillespie 1 | Kevin Nisbet 1

Match Odds:

Stranraer: 11/5 | Raith Rovers: 6/5 | Draw: 13/5

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