Rovers look to bounce back in derby double

Greig Spence signs a young fan's arm during half time against Hamilton
Greig Spence signs a young fan's arm during half time against Hamilton

RAITH Rovers are looking forward to a fantastic fortnight of fixtures, starting with two Fife derbies in the space of four days.

Rovers travel to Cowdenbeath on Saturday looking to get their first league points on the board after the disappointing defeat to Hamilton last weekend.

It’s then on to East End Park on Tuesday night for a mouth-watering Ramsdens Cup tie against arch-rivals Dunfermline, who are still in administration following their relegation last season.

Home games against Dundee and Hearts follow next week, and the feast of football has whetted the appetite of Raith manager Grant Murray.

“It’s a big couple of weeks to look forward to,” he said.

“These are fantastic games to be involved in - providing you win them!

“We’ll be taking it one game at a time, starting with Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

“We’ve been there before and we know how difficult it is.

“You need to adapt to the tight pitch and the surroundings.

“First and foremost it’s a derby, which makes it a huge game for the players and fans.

“And with both teams losing their first games, that puts a wee extra edge on it.”

Raith failed to win any of the eight Fife derbies in last season’s first division, something the club will be keen to put right in the upcoming games.

Rovers will also be looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Hamilton in the opening league game.

“There’s always disappointments in football, but the best thing you can do is go out following week and rectify it,” Murray said.

“We came up against a very good side in Hamilton and we didn’t score when we had the upper hand in the game.

“Losing the goal from a set piece was the biggest disappointment. We need to make sure we’re tighter and not losing anything else from set pieces.

“The best way to get last week out the system is with a good performance and a good win on Saturday.”