Draw keeps Raith in eighth

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Mark McGuigan's header is brilliantly saved by David McGurn'Photo by Tommy Taylor
Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Mark McGuigan's header is brilliantly saved by David McGurn'Photo by Tommy Taylor

THE first division relegation battle looks destined to go to the final game of the season after the weekend results saw Raith Rovers lose their two-point lead over Ayr United.

A below par Rovers required an own goal from Partick Thistle defender Paul Paton 15 minutes from time to cancel out Sean Welsh’s 64th minute opener for the Jags – and the point was enough to keep Rovers out of the relegation zone on goal difference after Ayr’s surprise win at Livingston.

Raith boss John McGlynn said: “At 1-0 down it looked a long way back for us but the guys showed good character to bounce back.

“We’ve done it a number of times and keep on doing it. It leaves it very tight at the bottom and it looks like it will go to the very end of the season.”

For the full match report from Firhill, and the thoughts of Raith striker Brian Graham, who played a key role in the equaliser, pick up a copy of this week’s Fife Free Press, out on Thursday.

In motor racing, Kirkcaldy’s Rory Butcher managed to claim two sixth place finishes at the second round of the Porsche Carrera Cup, despite suffering a damaged tyre when his brakes locked in race two.

Rory said: “Thankfully we made it to the end, but when the guys took the wheel off the car, the tyre’s rubber had all been removed and it was down to the bare wire. How I didn’t have a puncture I’ll never know.”

A full report from Rory’s eventful trip to Donington Park will appear in Thursday’s Fife Free Press.

Also in this week’s paper is an exclusive interview with Fife Flyers ace Jamie Wilson, who reflects on his first season as an Elite League player, and our preview to Raith Rovers’ big game in Falkirk this Saturday.