Dunfermline Match Preview
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After a convincing victory over Stenhousemuir last weekend, next up for the Rovers in this seasons Ladbrokes League One is a tough trip to Fife, where they’ll face the impressive side currently sitting in second place, Dunfermline.
Coming into the match against Dunfermline off the back of the clubs first two consecutive victories since promotion will no doubt mean Darren Young’s side will be heading to East End Park high in confidence – Rovers currently occupying joint third spot in the league, as well as the club recording their best start to a third tier league campaign since 1986.
Player/manager Darren Young will have a near enough full strength squad to pick from, the only serious doubt being defender Alan Reid, who may be forced to miss out after an injury to his calf in the win over Stenhousemuir.
Despite the impressive win last weekend, Darren Young still believes that Rovers will need to bring their A game in order to collect the three points on Saturday and continue this fine start to the season.
“Dunfermline have recently been scoring goals for fun, we’ll need to put in a strong performance as well as have a little bit of luck if we are to get something from the game.” Young said ahead of the match.
The Pars are currently just one point behind league leaders Ayr United, and due to being the only fulltime side in the league, it would be fair to say that Allan Johnstone’s men are the team to beat this season.
“They have a massive advantage when it comes to fitness, as well as being able to work with the players everyday from Mon-Fri.” Young stated about the challenge of facing the Pars.
“Part time teams have about an hour and a half on a Tuesday and a Thursday night to cram in everything from fitness, technique, shaping and set pieces.”
Saturday’s match is the final game before the end of the first quarter of the season, and a win could potentially put Rovers into a play-off position, ultimately, ending the first quarter on a high.
However, despite the solid start, Young still believes that his side shouldn’t rest on what they’ve got, and should strive to improve further as the season goes on.
“So far we have had a good start but with a little bit of luck we could have had another 4/5 points on the board. If we manage to pick up 13 points from each quarter then it will be a great season for us.”
Away tickets for the match are priced as follows: Adults £15, Concessions £10, U12s £5.