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Raith Rovers will be looking to put last weekend's first league defeat of the season behind them this Saturday, when they travel to Somerset Park, to face Lee Bullen's Ayr United.

Despite Ayr United sitting six places behind Rovers in eight position, The Honest Men go into this match on the back of an excellent victory over Queen's Park at Hampden last Friday, when they put in their most complete performance of the campaign, mustering up an impressive 5-2 victory.

Akheem Rose, Jamie Murphy and Anton Dowds all scored one apiece in the dominant display, but it was the performance of Logan Chalmers that caught the eye, with the recent acquisition from Dundee United putting in an excellent performance whilst bagging himself a brace.

Rovers 1-0 loss to Airdrie was the first time they've failed to register a goal or point this campaign, and with Dundee United notching up a last gasp winner up in Inverness, Rovers now trail United by a point at the summit of the table.

Oddly enough, failing to score is a recurring theme for Rovers in recent fixtures against Ayr, with Raith drawing a blank in five of the last six meetings.

Their only win in that time came just over a year ago, when goals from Kyle Connell, Sam Stanton and a late winner from Scott Brown sealed a thrilling 3-2 win at Stark's Park.

You have to go back a further 12 months for Rovers last win at Somerset Park, when goals from Ethan Ross and Dario Zanatta earned Rovers a 2-0 win on the road, in a match where a late flurry of red cards saw the home side finish with nine players, and Raith with 10.

Saturday's match referee will be David Munro.

Head-To-Head Record

Ayr United Wins: 56

Raith Rovers Wins: 58

Draws: 51


Rovers bounce back to form at Somerset

Often a tough place to visit for Rovers but the team was keen to put last week’s defeat to bed, and return to winning ways. Scott Brown stepped into central defence with Keith Watson unavailable.

Ayr were first to threaten when a header from a corner flashed wide of Kevin Dabrowski’s goal. The home side continued their positive start and Jamie Murphy should have done better a few minutes later, but his shot cleared the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Rovers then started to get a foothold in the game with a neatly worked corner threatening the Ayr goal, followed by a Lewis Vaughan free kick which was tipped over the bar by Charlie Albinson in the home goal.

As the game swept from end-to-end, the first goal was becoming more and more critical – and it came Rovers’ way. Some very neat passing down the right eventually found Sam Stanton, he had the composure to look up and roll the ball into Dylan Easton, who caught it perfectly to beat Albinson in the bottom corner. Ayr 0-1 Rovers.

The same combination was to bear fruit for Rovers just a few minutes later. Stanton was released down the right and he timed the pass into Easton, who calmly slotted home. Ayr 0-2 Rovers.

Ayr had a golden opportunity to pull one back before half time but Ahkeem Rose pulled his shot wide of the post.

Half-time: Ayr Utd 0-2 Raith Rovers

Ayr came out in attacking mode in the second half and it paid off after just five minutes. A whipped cross from the left was met by Anton Dowds and his flick gave Dabrowski no chance. Ayr 1-2 Rovers.

The Rovers’ goal led a charmed life a few minutes later when a corner flashed across the face of goal but stayed out. Logan Chalmers was then brilliantly denied from close range by Dabrowski, who tipped over the bar.

With neither side able to take full control and only managing half-chances, Rovers battled out for a rare victory at Somerset Park. The three points returned to Kirkcaldy.

Full-time: Ayr Utd 1-2 Raith Rovers

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by David Proudfoot





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Live Updates

Welcome to today's Cinch Championship match at Somerset Park - Ayr United v Raith Rovers. The weather has turned in the last hour and suspect rain is on the way
There will be a minutes silence before the start of the game
Ayr get the game underway
Musonda comes close as Ayr second corner swings in and Musonda's header goes just wide
Corner Raith as Stanton plays the ball back and Ayr get the ball out
Raith free kick edge of Ayr box
Ayr push forward and Dabrowski makes a clearance
Smith is down but he's okay
Millen plays well as he steals the ball from Ayr as they power forward
Stanton plays the ball back to Easton who fires the ball home for Raith
Stanton again weaves his way through, plays a lovely ball to Easton who again slots the ball home
Stanton on fire this afternoon as he powers forward again and his effort is just wide
Great save from Big Kev as Ayr head the ball downward towards goal
+2 half time Ayr 0 Raith 2 (Easton 22', 25')
Raith get the second half underway
Goal for Ayr as Murphy see Dowds in the Raith box and he scores
Booking for Vaughan and Ayr's McAllister
Ooft… Raith coming close for a third
Smith forcing Albinson to blooper the ball out the park
Byrne with a header forward looking for Smith but Musonda has it covered
Millen with a perfect delivery into the Ayr box but Ayr have it all covered and clear
Great save by Big Kev as Ayr fire the ball goal bound
Easton is fouled just in Raith half, ref wants play on as Mullin fires forward… play ends with a Eaith corner as Musonda gets the ball out the park
Chalmers barges Dick off the ball
Freekick Raith and Big Kev takes
Easton decides to play the ball forward to Mullin, would have liked to have seen him run with it first as Mullin can't quite get to the pass
Eaton powers and fights the ball forward into the Ayr box
Foul Raith after Byrne brought down, Ref delays blowing for it
Smith sees Stanton who turns and tries to slot him, clearance by Albinson
Push by Dowds on Big Kev who slips in the box… ref just has a word with Dowds
Proving to be a tasty match this afternoon
Stanton has the ball and he tries to weave through the Ayr defence but his is dispossessed
Ayr liking for a penalty as Millen and I think Murphy tangle in the box, would be extremely soft if it was given
McGinty for Ayr has been asked to leave the park for treatment for a bleeding nose
Eastons's pass to Smith is just a tad too heavy
Liam Dick receives a yellow
Raith sub off Vaughan and bring on Gullan
A deserved yellow card for Young after a fouls on Byrne
Ayr sub off recently booked Young and bring on Senga