Raith look to continue successful August tradition

3111054 SSFF montrose raith ' Iain Williamson heads in the equaliser - Raith Rovers against Montrose FC in the Scottish Communities League Cup at Links Park, Montrose
3111054 SSFF montrose raith ' Iain Williamson heads in the equaliser - Raith Rovers against Montrose FC in the Scottish Communities League Cup at Links Park, Montrose

RAITH Rovers embark on a new First Division campaign at home to Falkirk on Saturday looking to maintain their reputation as quick starters.

In each of the last two seasons, Rovers have topped the table at the end of the first month, while it’s four years since the team last suffered a league defeat in August.

With budget cuts resulting in a reduced squad, the Kirkcaldy side are not tipped to repeat last season’s promotion push, but manager John McGlynn remains hopeful.

Top four

“I think a top four finish would be a success considering the cut backs we’ve had,” he told SportsPress.

“But at this stage anything and everything is possible, we don’t discount anything. And we don’t be arrogant to think that we’ll just do that.

“That’s not the case, that’s not the way I work and that’s not the way I like the players to work. We know that the only way to get through things is to work your socks off in every single game and try and get as many points as we can. We’re like any team at this time, you could be top of the table, bottom of the table, who knows? No one’s got a crystal ball.

“All we’ve really got to do is work our socks off and stick to our game plan, try and produce as much quality as we can.”

Upheaval

Standing in between Rovers and a winning start is a Falkirk side who have undergone similar upheaval to the one experienced at Stark’s Park over the summer.

“They’re a bit like ourselves in that they’ve lost a few players,” McGlynn said.

“But it’s very important to win the first game to get up there and get momentum and that’s what we’ve done in recent years.

“We want to try and do the same again. You don’t want to be left in the traps, you don’t want to be dragged down.

“In the time I’ve been here, at the end of the first month we’ve always been top. Now there comes a pressure on us because we’ve done that so often, you’re maybe looking to do that again.

“It certainly helps when you get up there, it helps confidence, it helps your feeling for the rest of the season, and it gives the fans a feel good factor.

“I can only keep my fingers crossed that we can continue that because it’s so important.”

Raith could have the luxury of a full squad to choose from on Saturday with Dougie Hill, Scott McBride and Iain Davidson back in full training.

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