Raith look for second win on the trot

0912008 SSFF raith partick 'Grant Murray & Laurie Ellis congratulate Brian Graham on his equalizer - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

0912008 SSFF raith partick 'Grant Murray & Laurie Ellis congratulate Brian Graham on his equalizer - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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RAITH Rovers will bid to win a second league game on the trot for the first time since August this Saturday.

Not since the opening two games of the season have Rovers followed one win with another, and after ending an eight-match barren run against Partick Thistle last weekend, boss John McGlynn hopes to make it six points from six against Morton this Saturday.

“We’ve waited too long to get this win, but we got there, now we have to grasp this opportunity and build on it,” he said.

“The last time we beat Partick we tried to build on it, and failed.

Drag

“We now find ourselves in a similar situation, where we can possibly drag ourselves closer to the team directly above us.

“We must start to take these opportunities that are cropping up for us.

“I’m hoping the win against Partick gives us renewed confidence, belief and desire to kick on from this position.”

Saturday’s win over Partick was described as a ‘horrible match’ by Jags boss Jackie McNamara, but McGlynn will settle for the same scrappy win against Morton.

“When you’re in the bottom three, it doesn’t matter an awful lot how you do it,” he said. “You just have to go and win the game first and foremost.

“You have to do the dirty side in every game. Hopefully with more confidence coming in we’ll move the ball a bit slicker this Saturday.

“I can’t complain about our finishing – it was clinical – but I would hope we can move the ball quicker and create more chances.

“But we’ll still need that dig. Morton have a strong midfield and their strikers are a handful. We need to take care of that side of it.

“You’ve got to make sure your opponents don’t play first and foremost, and then make sure you play – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

“Partick tried to press us, and we tried to press them, and at times, it became scrappy because of that.”

Allan Walker and Iain Williamson both missed training in the early part of the week, but were excepted to take part in today’s (Thursday) session.

Meanwhile, Rovers fans are being urged to carry the can to score a share of cash for their club’s youth academy.

Scottish Football League sponsors Irn-Bru have unveiled a £70,000 investment to help fund the future development of Scottish football.

The Cans for Youth Teams initiative will award each of the 30 clubs in the SFL a share of £70,000 – the more IRN-BRU cans collected, the larger the share they will receive.

Collection bins will be placed at Stark’s Park for fans and members of the public to drop in their used Irn-Bru cans.

Fans have until May 5 to collect for their club.