East Fife head to the county of Angus tomorrow, where they face an Arbroath side who have made an impressive start to their league campaign with a win at home to Queen’s Park and a draw at Airdrieonians. Dick Campbell’s men gained promotion last season as champions and the Fifers can expect a tough game at Gayfield, a venue that has seen some gripping encounters between the sides in recent years.
Bayview boss Darren Young will be hoping for a performance of a similar standard to last Saturday’s victory against Alloa Athletic. He was left frustrated in midweek by defensive lapses and missed chances as his side went down to Peterhead in the Irn Bru Cup, despite dominating large spells of the game in terms of possession. The improving injury situation did, however, allow him to make five changes to the starting line-up, giving valuable game time to players returning to the squad. The Red Lichties meanwhile were also eliminated on Tuesday night, losing by a similar 2-0 margin against Championship side Dunfermline Athletic.
The Fifers have enjoyed a decent record at Gayfield in recent years, the last meeting coming almost exactly a year ago in the Irn Bru Cup with the visitors having to dig deep to grind out a 3-2 win after extra time. Paul McManus converted a late penalty after he had been felled in the box to secure the win. Jonathan Page and Kevin Smith were also on target for East Fife, with Ricky Little and Kane Hester finding the net for Arbroath.
Tickets for the general public ( East Fife end only) for the match against Raith Rovers on Saturday, 26th August 2017 are on sale at Bayview. Visit office, open from 9.15am to 4.45pm, Monday to Thursday and on Friday till 3.45pm. You can buy over the phone and the ticket(s) can be held for you to collect.
A reminder to season ticket holders that their reserved tickets must be picked up as soon as possible.
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Peterhead make the lengthy journey down to Methil for tonight’s Irn Bru Cup First Round tie. The two sides last met exactly one month ago in the Betfred Cup when the Blue Toon emerged victorious with a 1-0 victory. Jim McInally’s men were extremely unfortunate not to progress after accumulating nine points in the section following further wins against Hearts and Elgin City, also winning their opening two league fixtures.
Bayview boss Darren Young was understandably delighted after Saturday’s defeat of Alloa Athletic, with Greg Hurst firing home the winning goal from close range following good work by Paul Willis on the right, and will be keen that his side continue their recent home form.
The Fifers’ record in this competition, since its inception in 1990-91 has seen them reach the quarter finals on five occasions, going down to Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical, Stranraer, Queen of the South and Falkirk respectively. Peterhead meanwhile can boast an appearance in the final two seasons ago, eventually losing out to Rangers at Hampden after an impressive run, seeing off the challenges of Brechin City, Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and Queen’s Park.
The two sides have only met once before in the Challenge Cup, with goals from Scott McBride and Collin Samuel earning a 2-1 win at Balmoor Stadium back in 2012.
Admission prices for the tie, which kicks off at 7.45pm are £10 for adults and £5 children.
Supporters of both clubs are reminded that they are welcome to enjoy refreshments at the stadium bars before and after the game.
To clarify tonight's prices - they are as follows - Adults below 60 years of age = £10; Concessions including children and those over 60 = £5.
Admission prices for Irn Bru Cup versus Peterhead are £10 for adults and £5 for children.