Raith Rovers vs Arbroath – Match Preview
Match Day 25 – Ladbrokes League 1 – Season 2018 / 2019
Saturday 16th February 2019, Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy, 3.00pm kick off
Arbroath travel to Kirkcaldy tomorrow to take on John McGlynn’s Raith Rovers for the biggest match of the season – well until the next one!
There are 13 huge games remaining but as all season we are just taking one game at a time and focusing on 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Both Arbroath and Raith Rovers have dropped points over the last 5 games with the Lichties picking up 8 points out of 15 with wins over Brechin City, Stenhousemuir and then draws against Montrose and Stranraer and a defeat to Forfar Athletic.
Where as Raith have picked up 5 points out of 15 with a win over Stenhousemuir, draws against Airdrieonians and Forfar Athletic and defeats against East Fife and Brechin City.
This has allowed Forfar Athletic to draw level in 2nd place, albeit with a game in hand while East Fife just sit 2 points behind 2nd place with a game in hand. It is fair to say the final run in to the end of the season and both ends of the table is exciting for the neutral.
Raith Rovers Team News
Raith Rovers have brought in 4 new players since our last meeting but suffered a huge blow when star striker Lewis Vaughan was ruled out for the season after requiring an operation on his cruciate.
Former East Fife striker Chris Duggan also could be missing with a groin injury but top scorer Kevin Nisbet is expected to return after coming off early against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup with a tight hamstring.
Arbroath Team News
The Lichties should be at full strength going into this tie but Dick Campbell indicated in his post match interview on Tuesday that there could be changes made to his starting 11 for the trip to Stark’s Park.
We of course always are grateful for your support and look forward to a large and vocal support tomorrow in the McDermid Stand.
C’mon the Lichties!
Raith Rovers Squad – including winter arrivals
GK – 17 – Dean Lyness – St Mirren
GK – 01 – Robbie Thomson
DF – 06 – Kyle Benedictus
DF – 03 – Callum Crane
DF – 18 – David McKay
DF – 05 – Euan Murray
DF – 20 – Jamie Watson
MF – 24 – Jamie Barjonas – Rangers (loan)
MF – 19 – James Berry
MF – 11 – Tony Dingwall – Ross County
MF – 16 – Nathan Flanagan
MF – 08 – Grant Gillespie
MF – 12 – Ross Matthews
MF – 26 – Craig McGuffie – Ayr United (loan)
MF – 14 – Nat Wedderburn
ST – 09 – Liam Buchanan
ST – 07 – Chris Duggan
ST – 15 – Kevin Nisbet
ST – 23 – Jack Smith
ST – 10 – Lewis Vaughan
Raith Rovers Departures
Daniel Armstrong – Ross County
Lewis Milne – Montrose
Ryan Stevenson – Bo’Ness United – Loan
Euan Valentine – Berwick Rangers – Loan
Regan Hendry – Celtic – End of Loan
Kevin Silva – Hearts
Keiran Wright – Rangers – End of Loan
Raith Rovers results since our last meeting
Arbroath 0 – 2 Raith Rovers – SPFL League 1 – Game 18
Raith Rovers 1 – 2 East Fife – SPFL League 1 – Game 19
Raith Rovers 5 – 1 Stenhousemuir – SPFL League 1 – Game 20
Airdrieonians 1 – 1 Raith Rovers – SPFL League 1 – Game 21
Brechin City 2 – 1 Raith Rovers – SPFL League 1 – Game 22
Raith Rovers 1 – 1 Forfar Athletic – SPFL League 1 – Game 23
Dumbarton vs Raith Rovers – SPFL League 1 – Game 24 – Postponed
Raith Rovers vs Arbroath – head to head
Arbroath 0 – 2 Raith Rovers – 22nd December – Scottish League One – 2018 / 2019
Goals – Armstrong 19, Buchanan 37
Raith Rovers 1 – 1 Arbroath – Scottish League One – 2018 / 2019
Goals – Nisbit 87- Linn 79
Arbroath 1 – 1 Raith Rovers – 7th April 2018 – Scottish League One – 2017/2018
Goal – McIntosh 74 – Buchanan 39 pen
Raith Rovers 2 – 2 Arbroath – 24th February 2018 – Scottish League One – 2017/2018
Goals – Thomson 43, Furtardo 74 – Wallace 64 pen, McIntosh 90
Neither team have any players suspended
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Anthony Cooper
Assistant Referee 2 – Robert Thomson
Arbroath fans will be housed in the McDermid Stand, which is also know as the North Stand.
Turnstiles will open at 2pm.
Standard Gate Admission Prices
£15 – Adult
£20 – Parent & Child
£10 – Students (proof of status required)
£8 – Junior (Under 16)
£8 – Senior Citizen (Over 65)
£8 – Disability & Carer Concession (Disabled person, Carer = FREE)
**Concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket pod outside of the stand, Proof of status/age may be required.
Travelling to Stark’s Park
By Train – Kirkcaldy Railway Station is situated to the North of the stadium and within easy walking distance (approximately 1 mile) of the stadium. On leaving platform 2, walk onto Whyte Melville Road towards the Railway Bridge then turn right and continue towards Beveridge Park Roundabout. Thereafter continue onto Abbotshall Road to Pratt Street.
By Car – From A92, leave dual carriageway at Kirkcaldy West, take the 3rd exit signposted A910 Town Centre and continue on that route to Kirkcaldy Railway Station. The ‘station’ car park is available for use and can be accessed from exit 2. There is additional but limited parking at Beveridge Park Car Park. To the south of the stadium, there is significant public and ‘on street parking’ in and around the esplanade. If parking ‘on street’, patrons are asked to park responsibly and be aware of some local restrictions. Pratt Street will be closed to traffic at least 30 minutes prior to kick off.
By Coach – Supporters coaches can be accommodated in the Beveridge Park car park (40 spaces)and on the esplanade. There is no general drop off facility at the stadium due to restricted access. Patrons using public transport can exit Kirkcaldy Bus Station and make their way via High Street to Links Street and thereafter arrive at Pratt Street South.
Blue Badge Parking – There are 12 spaces available at the rear of the North (Val McDermid) Stand which are offered on a first come first served basis. Any special drop off arrangements should be made directly to the club prior to match day. (01592 263514)
This is a huge game for both clubs and with a stand to ourselves we hope that there will be a very large and vocal support cheering on the Lichties!
We hope to see you there!
C’mon the Lichties!