Raith look for Sunday best in ‘tricky’ cup tie

Raith Rovers will look to produce their Sunday best when their Scottish Cup campaign gets underway this weekend.

The match against East Stirling has been pushed back to Sunday at 3.00 p.m as the hosts groundshare with Stenhousemuir, who are using Ochilview on Saturday.

Gordon Smith celebrates scoring against Livingston

Gordon Smith celebrates scoring against Livingston

Both sides go into the third round tie on a high - Raith after picking up six points from back-to-back home games against Morton and Livingston, while The Shire are current leaders of League Two.

Raith manager Grant Murray said: “These Scottish Cup ties are always tricky.

“We’ve had them watched, and they are on a right good run of form.

“We’ll go there with the same intentions as if it were any league game.

“It will take a totally focused and professional performance to get us through to the next round.”

Raith’s midweek win over Livingston lifted them up to second in the Championship, two points behind leaders Hamilton.

It also moved them to 10 league games without loss, which is Raith’s longest unbeaten sequence in a single season since 2002-03.

“The run that we’re on should build confidence,” Murray said.

“We showed that on Tuesday with some of the flowing moves we produced.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get as much end product as we’d like, but we’ll settle for 1-0 any day of the week.

“We had opportunities to get the second goal but we just didn’t kill it off.

“Eleven versus 11 we were well on top, but sometimes it’s hard playing against ten men.

“We were in the same situation at Hamilton a few weeks ago - sometimes it can work for you.”

Rovers have been dealt a blow with the news that goalkeeper David McGurn faces a long spell on the sidelines after tearing his achilles tendon in the win over Morton on Saturday.