East Fife make the short journey along the Standing Stane Road tomorrow afternoon as they take on local rivals Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.
Barry Smith’s side are searching for the form that saw them come close to securing automatic promotion last season. After an indifferent William Hill League Cup campaign, things look much more promising for the Kirkcaldy men following a creditable draw down at Stranraer and two home wins against Stenhousemuir and Aberdeen Colts. East Fife meanwhile will have been boosted by a victory over county rivals Cowdenbeath at Central Park in the Irn Bru Cup on Tuesday night.
East Fife boss Darren Young was pleased with the response of his charges in the second-half of the 3-1 midweek victory – their first success at that particular venue for over 24 years. The performances of substitutes Jonathan Court, Aaron Dunsmore and Kyle Bell will also have given him food for thought over his team selection ahead of tomorrow’s derby.
Raith Rovers held the upper hand in this fixture last season, winning all four games, although many were of the opinion that the Methil men were unfortunate to lose out in the November and January meetings.
Scott Linton, Mark Docherty and Craig McDowall look set to miss out once again tomorrow, although all three are making good progress in their recovery from injury. A decision will be made about Kevin Smith’s availability after missing out at Brechin and Cowdenbeath following a strain sustained in the opening league game of the season.
Segregation will be in force tomorrow at Stark’s Park. East Fife supporters will occupy the McDermid (North) Stand. Concession tickets must be purchased from the away ticket pod, with turnstiles opening at 2.10pm. Full paying adults can pay at the gate.
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Helping more families enjoy Football.
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The Irn Bru Cup second round draw is to be streamed live on Facebook on Thursday from Gretna Green at 1pm. All fans can join this streaming and the link is https://www.facebook.com/spflofficial/videos/10157563037478998/
The Club has received a letter of thanks from the Team Help for Heros for a donation given to it. You may know that the Club allows serving troops admission free but if they wish a season ticket, a donation of £25 is "sought" from each applicant and in turn, the Club will supply the ticket but pass on the donation to Help for Heroes. You may not know this but the Club has been doing this scheme for the past 6 years and has helped to raise a substantial amount for this deserving charity. If any other serving troops would like a season ticket, this is where your money goes.
On Saturday, 4th August, the East Fife Supporters, Players and Club responded magnificently to an appeal to replenish the local foodbank. Isla English was overwhelmed and was extremely grateful for the amount of donations. When our players' Captain, Kevin Smith, heard about the appeal, he immediately went to his players and raised a significant amount of cash to buy goods. The Club matched this amount and , of course, both sets of supporters really outshone themselves with their donations. The photos show the amount collected by the Players before the match and a car being fully loaded (this was the first load and another full car took up the remainder).
WELL DONE THE FIFE