Four down but different outcomes for Rovers & Flyers

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Raith Rovers and Fife Flyers both were hit for four on Saturday - but with two very different outcomes.

Fresh from their stunning Scottish Cup triumph over Hibs, Rovers returned to league duty against Hamilton Accies and found themselves 4-0 down before half-time - and they went on to lose 4-2.

Fife Flyers also found themselves 4-0 down in a ‘‘must win’’ game against Braehead Clan - but they staged a stunning fightback to secure a thrilling 6-4 victory on home ice.

A day of contrasting sporting fortunes started at Stark’s Park as Rovers looked to end a run of five league defeats.

Tony Andreu shot Accies into a third minute lead, and he struck again on the half hour mark.

Rovers’ day went from bad to worse as Louis Longridge made it 3-0 and James Keating converted a penalty kick ... all in the opening 45 minutes.

Late second half strikes from Joe Cardle and John Baird did little to appease an unimpressed home support.

Rovers now find themselves fourth bottom, and are starting to look anxiously over their shoulders at Alloa, who are one point behind, and Cowdenbeath, five adrift with Morton almost certainly destined to be relegated in last place on 16 points.

Fife Flyers found themselves in the same boat - 4-0 down and with a mountain to climb as Braehead Clan came to the Gallatown rink.

Their outcome, however, was much more positive as they produced a thrilling fightback to set the rink rocking,

Clane fired home three powerplay strikes in the opening period - Ed McGrane at 3:58 and 11:57 and then Joel Champagne with just 15 minutes played.

Mario Laroque made it 4-0 early in the second period.

Flyers kept the game alive with goals from Justin DaCosta and Derek Roehl before the end of the period, and they then destroyed Clan with a four-goal third period - Stephen Gunn and then Kyle Haines netting within minutes of each other to make it 4-4, and then Tim Hartung giving them the go-ahead goal before defenceman Haines sealed the comeback at 58:16.

Clan also had their abrasive enforcer Chris Frank thrown out.

Tonight (Sunday), Flyers are at home to Hull Stingrays, face-off 6.30 p.m.

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