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    Raith Rovers -V- Inverness CT - Preview

    The Good the Bad and Raith Rovers 


    With both clubs recording their first win in 2022, this clash could go a long way to deciding who has the bottle for the battle. Saturday 3:00pm at Starks Park should reveal all as good takes on bad, or Inverness versus Raith Rovers, a club apparently with the morals of Michael Gardyne. Both clubs have underperformed over the last three months but surprisingly still find themselves in contention for a play-off spot, realistically fourth place.



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    Venue Head2Head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 19 13 4 2 37 14 +23
    Away 14 7 4 3 27 17 +10
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 33 20 8 5 64 31 +33

    Yes, the stats are not faulty: Raith Rovers have not beaten Inverness for almost twenty one and a half years. Incredible run of results going back to October 28th 2000 when we went down 1-2 in Inverness. Back to August of 2000 for their last win at Starks park and here is Ian Broadfoot's match report from that game, a 4-1 win for Raith: Caley Thistle's bad run continued against a sharp Raith side. Jay Stein set up the opening goal in 10 minutes with a run down the left and a cut back which deflected to Ray McKinnon and he scored with a low drive. The visitors best first half effort came in 27 minutes when Van de Kamp spectacularly saved a Davide Xausa 25 yard shot. On 44 minutes a free kick was touched to Kenny Black and Les Fridge tipped his shot over the bar. Raith killed the game off in a four minute spell in the second half. In 50 minutes a low ball from the right was punched by Fridge into the path of Paul Tosh who hit it home. Four minutes later Alex Burns beat three men in the box before scoring at the second attempt. Iain Stewart clawed one back with a close range header in 59 minutes after a Xausa shot had been blocked by the keeper. This sparked a revival with good efforts from Xausa and lively substitute Barry Robson. All efforts produced no more goals and Raith made it 4-1 in 82 minutes. Alex Burns crossed from the right and found Gerry Creaney who scored with a low shot from 15 yards. 

    Decent teams back then 

    Raith: Van de Kamp; McCulloch, Opinel, Gaughn, Browne, Black, S Tosh, McKinnon, P Tosh, Burns, Stein

    Inverness: Fridge; Tokely, Mann, Hastings, Golabek, Christie, Sheerin, Byers, McBain, Stewart, Xausa

    Subs: Calder; Robson, Bagan, Bavidge, Wyness

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings
    1 - 1
    0 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 0
    1 - 0
    0 - 0
    2 - 0
    3 - 3
    4 - 1
    2 - 1

    Saturday 3:00pm kick offs

    Arbroath v Ayr United

       Killie v Queens

    Partick v Accies 

      Rovers v Caley J's

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
         DUNFERMLINE Ath v MORTON (Fri 7:45pm)
    1. Kilmarnock 29 16 5 8 39 20 53
    2. Arbroath 29 13 12 4 40 22 51
    3. Partick Thistle 28 12 9 7 41 26 45
    4. Inverness CT 29 11 10 8 38 27 43
    5. Raith Rovers 29 10 12 7 35 34 42
    6. Morton 29 8 10 11 32 39 34
    7. Ayr United 29 8 8 13 30 43 32
    8. Hamilton Ac. 29 7 11 11 31 45 32
    9. Q.O.S. 29 6 8 15 29 42 26
    10. Dunfermline 28 4 13 11 26 43 25

    Last Time Out

    Inverness broke their eleven game run without a win by beating title challengers Arbroath with a somewhat flattering but nonetheless welcome 3-0 win. An early goal by Man of the Match Shane Sutherland was followed soon after by a Reece McAlear strike following a neat move involving Shane and David Carson. We reverted to type after that and the ball was like a hot potato as it was battered skywards with great regularity. However we repelled the advances of Arbroath without too much hassle and Billy Mckay sneaked a third goal as we started to dominate with twenty minutes left.

    Get in Reece as he finishes off a tidy move down the right...

    Raith also ended a similar barren spell (first win in twelve) by beating Queen of the South 1-0 at Palmerston to remain only one point behind Inverness in fifth place. The only goal of the game came in the first half through Matej Poplatnik.

    The honours are favouring Inverness this season in league games. Inverness edged the first one in the Highlands with a Roddy MacGregor special doing the damage, but the two subsequent meetings ended in draws. There was also a drawn Challenge Cup game at Starks Park which Raith eventually won on penalties. 

    Latest Team News

    Allardice and MacGregor out longer term, but unless there are any new issues Dodds should have a relatively injury free squad. Cammy Mackay could well continue in goal as he has done well since getting his opportunity through Mark Ridgers downtime. Sam Pearson has been called up to the Welsh u21 squad for forthcoming games against Switzerland and Bulgaria. Read Here Unfortunately it rules him out after the Raith game and he is unavailable for the Dunfermline game on 26th March.

    Former Raith Rovers player Paul Hampshire passed away at the weekend after an accident. RIP Paul condolences to all.

    Here's an obituary from John Greer on Raith Rovers FC Website. PAUL HAMPSHIRE

    Raith TV McGlynn Preview (we have our own injuries/illnesses)

    Eric the Stats Raith round up.

    In: Sam Stanton, midfielder (Dundalk); Jamie Gullan, forward (Hibernian)

    Loan: Ben Williamson - midfielder (Rangers).

    Sean Mackie - a left back on loan from Hibernian FC, originally joined Raith in 2015 from the Fife Elite Academy before moving to Hibs the next season, according to sources his last 2 years at Hibs has been blighted by injury.

    And last but not least; In & Out;  the Hokey Cokey saga of David Goodwillie. Yes, the in-out, in-out, shake it all about transfer that rocked the club back onto it's heels and brought out some embarrassing grovelling apologies. He went back to Clyde (loan) and his career is on hold as a footballer I believe as he is not welcome there either.



    Adam Masson - Centre back on loan to Thornton Hibs JFC

    Blaise Riley Snow - Midfielder on loan to Alloa Athletic

    Kieran Mitchell - the 18 year old is on loan to Bo'ness United

    Luke Mahady - a centre forward loaned out to Burntisland Shipyard FC

    Quinn Coulson - left wing player farmed out to Cowdenbeath

    James Keatings has severed his ties with Raith, mainly due to injury



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