Raith in good shape after derby double

SSFF 3413093 cowden raith 'Greig Spence celebrates his second penalty and third goal as Rovers record a 3 - 4 win - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath
SSFF 3413093 cowden raith 'Greig Spence celebrates his second penalty and third goal as Rovers record a 3 - 4 win - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath
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Raith Rovers are looking forward to the visit of title favourites Dundee after collecting two derby wins in four days.

Manager Grant Murray got his first derby win at the ninth attempt with a 4-3 success in Cowdenbeath on Saturday, and followed it up with a 2-0 Ramdens Cup victory over Dunfermline at East End Park on Tuesday.

It was an important week for the Kirkcaldy club as they looked to bounce back from their defeat to Hamilton in last week’s opening league game and the two victories - and the bragging rights that go with it - have boosted confidence ahead of the visit of the Dark Blues.

“Saturday was not for the faint-hearted but I enjoyed Tuesday night more and I felt we thoroughly deserved it,” Murray said. “It was an all round professional performance and if we can get that type of performance week in, week out I’ll be happy.

“East End Park can be an intimidating place to go, and you have to be prepared to take the ball and pass it - and I thought we did that. We also showed the other side and dug in deep when we had to.”

Murray and his players enjoyed lapping up the applause from the 1300 Rovers fans in the East End Park away end at full-time.

“It was a great performance, and the big result that everyone wanted,” he said. “It was great to see the fans so happy at the end.”

Dundee visit Stark’s Park on Saturday having required extra-time to see off Forfar in their midweek cup tie.

“We’re under no illusion it will be a very difficult game,” Murray said. “Our games against Dundee have always been very close and competitive. It’s important we rest up properly and put on a good performance.”

Rovers will assess the fitness of Greig Spence after the striker was subbed off at half-time on Tuesday night with a thigh injury. Hearts visit Stark’s Park in the League Cup on Tuesday night in an all-ticket clash. Tickets are on sale from the stadium, ACA Sports and livesport.co.uk.

The club is hosting a Stark’s Park Open Day on Sunday, September 1, between 11.00 a.m and 2.00 p.m.

Entry is free and throughout the day there will be a chance to have a ‘behind the scenes’ look around Stark’s Park (except changing rooms), displays by various community groups, face painting for children, a first team public training session and the club shop will be open to purchase Rovers merchandise.

Parking will be available behind the McDermid Stand.