Raith midfielder wary of Wasps sting on return to former club

Ryan McCord in action against Queen of the South last month. Pic: George McLuskie
Ryan McCord in action against Queen of the South last month. Pic: George McLuskie
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Raith Rovers midfielder Ryan McCord has warned his team mates to expect a tough game when he returns to his former stomping ground on Saturday.

Rovers travel to Alloa looking to build on an impressive opening quarter of the season that has them sitting second in the Championship, and on a four-game winning streak.

McCord spent four years at Alloa before joining Raith in the summer and knows the Kirkcaldy side will need to be at their best at Recreation Park on Saturday.

“It should be fun to go back and see some of the people at the club,” McCord said.

“They are the first result I look for on a Saturday, and they’ve been getting some decent results lately. We’re just hoping we can pick up another three points and keep our good run going.

“Alloa have some good players and it’s always tricky with the astroturf there. We’ve got astroturf at Glenrothes and we’ve trained on that this week. Alloa’s pitch isn’t actually as bad as it’s made out to be - it’s the same for both teams. Myself and Kyle (Benedictus) will be used to it, but most of the lads will have played on it before.”

McCord has been a key player for Raith so far this season, starting all nine league games, but the midfielder believes he has yet to find his best form.

“For me personally I think I can still do better,” he said. “I’ve been patchy. I’ve done alright with set pieces but performance-wise I’m still not at my best yet.

“I was honking against Dumbarton and the manager was right to sub me at half-time. I would’ve d one the same thing - you would’ve thought I was playing for Dumbarton that day.

“I’ve played the game long enough to know that a bad game doesn’t make you a bad player. You just have to bounce back from it. I always say I’m a slow starter so hopefully I’ll pick up as the season goes on.

“Team-wise we’ve been grinding out results and playing well. We’re doing better than expected and hopefully we can keep it going. There’s good team spirit as well.”

Meanwhile Raith have announced increased gate prices for the next home match against Hibs on Saturday, October 24. Prices will increase to £20 for adults, £10 for concessions, £23 for parent & child and £14 for students on the day of the game, however, supporters can get tickets at the normal rate by purchasing in advance.

These reduced price tickets will go on sale on Tuesday between 4.00 and 7.00 p.m at Stark’s Park, where Ray McKinnon will be in attendance from 6.00 p.m onwards to chat to supporters ahead of the club’s Development fixture at home to Forfar. Reduced price tickets will also be available to buy from Wednesday to Friday between 9.00 a.m and 4.00 p.m.