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  1. Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spiced Rum. The Morton Club Edition is available to order now, as well as the brand new Titan Orange Rum! Visit TitanSpiritsLTD.com and secure your bottle today! Titan Spiced - Rum, Reggae, Retro. Christmas cheer is to sing ‘TAIL O’ THE BANK CREDIT UNION FOR ALL OF INVERCLYDE TO HEAR’! Whether you want to finish that Christmas Shopping early before the Big Man appears, make sure your car’s winter ready for that Christmas drive home, or start saving towards next year...Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union has you covered with loan rates have continued to remain at the same low level. Shout it loud for all to hear...Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union is here for you! Contact us via our website or by phone on 01475 734655.
  2. Raith Rovers v Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. The race for promotion to the Premiership takes a back seat for the weekend as Morton travel to holders Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy in the last sixteen of the SPFL Trust Trophy. Morton, and perhaps our victims in the last round Ayr United, are the biggest clubs who have been involved in every campaign without claiming the trophy, only ever reaching the final in 1992, where we fell 2-3 to Hamilton Accies at the old Love Street. Whilst a promotion push will be Dougie Imrie’s priority, he’ll also want to take a step closer to righting that particular wrong. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News Imrie has already stated in the club’s in house interview that he’ll be looking to mix things up a bit and give a few of the players a breather as Morton look to extend their uneaten run in all competitions to twelve games. Missing out will be Jai Quitongo and Jack Baird through suspension- both were ordered off against Ayr in the third round victory in September. Darragh O’Connor or Alan Lithgow will likely slot in beside Efe Ambrose in the centre of defence, whilst the likes of Darren Hynes, Alexander King, Jaze Kabia, Carlo Pignatiello and Lewis McGregor will also be hoping to get minutes in order to impress the manager as we head into the vital Christmas period, and look forward to a massive game next week as Morton host fellow highflyers Queen’s Park. Current Connections The only player on either side to have represented the other is Morton captain Grant Gillespie, who made 27 appearances for the Fifers, scoring twice in 2018-19. Rovers’ defender Ross Millen’s dad Andy is of course Imrie’s assistant at Cappielow, and can count Raith amongst his many previous clubs in a nomadic playing career. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape Honours this season are even, with a narrow win apiece in each club’s respective home games- Gillespie’s injury time penalty, justifiably given, but provoking an angry reaction from visitors’ boss Ian Murray proved particularly satisfying. Since the turn of the century, the clubs have met twice in cup competitions and there would be very few complaints from this side of the room if history was to repeat itself. In August 2000, Allan Evans’ Morton travelled to Kirkcaldy for a midweek Challenge Cup first round tie, and came away with a comfortable 4-0 victory thanks to a double from Stephen Whalen and goals from Ross Matheson and Brian Kerr in what was one of the few highlights of a dismal season which saw Morton fall into administration and subsequently into the Second Division. We were again to travel to Stark’s Park in January 2012 for a fourth round Scottish Cup tie and Allan Moore’s side came away with a 2-1 win thanks to a fine Archie Campbell strike and a Peter MacDonald penalty to secure a trip to Fir Park which we won’t talk about. Opposition Analysis Raith haven’t enjoyed the best of seasons thus far- I recall writing before their visit to Cappielow in October how they struggled for consistency, and since then they went on a run of three league wins and a draw in the next four games before losing three league games in a row, a run only punctured by a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over West of Scotland League minnows Auchinleck Talbot. Whilst in an ultra-competitive Championship, they won’t be alone in going on such runs, the 2-5 home schooling from Queen’s Park will have been particularly chastening for Murray and his troops. I spoke to Raith fan Shaughan McGuigan (@ShaughanM), who was quick to bemoan Rovers’ problems at the top end of the park, whilst taking comfort from their record in this particular tournament. “I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely pumped for Saturday’s biggest showdown in football’s premier competition, featuring one of the most in-form and explosive forwards in world football. That’s right, it’s the SPFL Trust Trophy last sixteen tie between Raith Rovers and Morton, and if Rovers are to retain this trinket for the second and a half time in a row, they’ll somehow have to stop Robbie “Red Hot” Muirhead, a striker who with eight goals to his name is well on the way to getting double figures for the first time in his career. For personal, and very petty reasons, my favourite Muirhead memory was the 2018-19 campaign, where he managed a grand total of zero goals in fourteen appearances for Dunfermline Athletic, but anyway, I digress. What Rovers would do for a forward as prolific as Muirhead at the moment. While midfielder, Aidan Connolly has stepped up with seven league goals, the entire forward roster, comprising Kyle Connell, Lewis Vaughan, Jamie Gullan and John Fredriksen have amassed just four between them. It’s something that’ll have to change if Raith are to challenge for the top four, and if it doesn’t happen soon, fans will be desperately hoping that Arbroath and Hamilton remain stuck in a rut and don’t start to close the gap between themselves and seventh placed Rovers. For this weekend though, the frustrations of the league can be put to one side, and with Rovers’ last defeat in the Challenge Cup coming back in September 2019, this is a tournament they always seem to do well in. Yes, that is admittedly a quirk, due to the final against Inverness not going ahead in 2020-21, and the tournament going into a hiatus the following season, but I’ll take my crumbs of comfort wherever I can, thank you very much. While nobody really cares about this competition until the final, where it suddenly turns into the perfect excuse for a day out, both these teams will presumably have to play pretty full strength sides, with neither having huge squads to draw on which would allow them to rotate. Raith had a reasonably full bench for the first time this season against Ayr at the weekend, not that it did them much good right enough, with the 0-2 loss arguably their worst performance of the season, so perhaps the 4-2-3-1 system, which seems to be running out of puff will be changed for this one, if not the personnel. Admittedly they can point to a decent home record, and they came out on top at Stark’s Park the last time Morton visited back in August, but with bigger priorities for both, coming through this match with a clean bill of health feels more important than the result” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 9th December 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. Once again, the bookies don’t seem to be too keen on Morton’s chances, in spite of our good run over the last couple of months. Raith are favourites to win the match at 6/5, whilst Morton are 15/8 and the draw is 12/5. Morton to keep their first clean sheet since the mauling of Inverness is 13/5 and the visitors to score in both halves is 10/3. Match Officials Referee- Mike Roncone AR 1- Alastair Mather AR 2- Gordon Crawford
  3. Away Day Guide – Raith Rovers (10th December) Photo - Reddit Tickets Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for U21s/OAPs and £5 for U16s. Disabled Supporters Information Wheelchairs User supporters and their personal assistants can be allocated in the Main Stand. Where this stand is not open for general use, wheelchair users will have the option of using the Penman Family Stand. In these circumstances, where wheelchair guests would prefer not to sit in what would be a ‘home’ stand they will be accommodated in the McDermid Stand. Toilet facilities will be available however food outlets will not. There are 14 car park spaces in the North Car Park reserved for blue badge holders. These are allocated on a first come basis to home and away supporters. The main point of contact is Raith’s Disability Access Officer, Margie Robertson. You can reach her by emailing SLO@raithrovers.net. Supporters Buses There are NO supporters buses running on Saturday. By Train There are two services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock :08 and :38 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. From Glasgow Central there are services to Edinburgh, with the option to transfer to Glasgow Queen Street for faster services to the East Coast. At Edinburgh, alight at either Edinburgh Haymarket or Waverly, onto services bound for either Perth or Arbroath. All information taken from the ScotRail website. By Car Use postcode KY1 1SA for the stadium. From Cappielow, the journey should take around 1hr30mins via the M8 and A921. Limited on-street parking is available around the stadium. Pre-Match Upon arrival in Kirkcaldy, The Novar Bar (17 Nicol St, Kirkcaldy KY1 1NY) is a regular pre-match haunt for both home and away supporters. The Novar is around a 12 minute walk (0.6 miles) from the stadium. Photo - Kingdom Taverns
  4. Dean and Gordon welcome guest panellist and Arbroath supporter Ewan Smith onto this week's show. They discuss Saturday's 1-1 draw, the importance of recruitment in January and preview Saturday's trip to Raith.
  5. Dean and Gordon welcome guest panellist and Arbroath supporter Ewan Smith onto this week's show. They discuss Saturday's 1-1 draw, the importance of recruitment in January and preview Saturday's trip to Raith.
  6. Dean and Gordon welcome guest panellist and Arbroath supporter Ewan Smith onto this week's show. They discuss Saturday's 1-1 draw, the importance of recruitment in January and preview Saturday's trip to Raith.
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  8. Arbroath v Morton – Match Preview by Russell Gordon. This season’s Championship surprise team are back on the road up the A92 for the second consecutive league match, with a trip to Gayfield to visit last term’s shock troops, Arbroath, as Morton look to extend their unbeaten run to ten games after Scottish Cup progress was made with last Saturday’s win over Queen of the South. With the hosts toiling at the wrong end of the table this time around, both teams will be looking for the points for very different reasons, with the spectre of relegation looking darkly over the shoulders of Dick Campbell and his squad. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News With no reported injury concerns, Dougie Imrie has a pleasant selection headache going into the game, with the welcome return of Darragh O’Connor to the side late in last week’s game. With Jack Baird suspended from next weekend’s SPFL Trust Trophy match at Raith Rovers, I’d expect O’Connor to get some minutes at some point in order to get up to speed. Lewis McGrattan may also return to the fold after a fine second half performance last week, having replaced Jaze Kabia just after the break. Alexander King also staked his claim for a starting berth with that terrific goal in the dying seconds of the Queen of the South tie. Current Connections Arbroath goalkeeper Derek Gaston was a popular figure in his seven-year spell at Cappielow, bagging a League One winner’s medal in 2015, and Bobby Linn achieved a similar accolade from a far shorter spell away back in 2007. Midfielder Keaghan Jacobs is the older brother of Morton’s Kyle, who is currently loaned out to League One side, FC Edinburgh. Only Carlo Pigniatello in the ‘Ton squad has played for Arbroath- making three appearances in a brief loan spell from Livingston in 2021. Tale of the Tape Morton’s recent record against Arbroath is nothing short of appalling. We’ve failed to beat them in nine games, dating back to a 2-1 win at Gayfield in January 2019. Of course, in that time, Arbroath have enjoyed perhaps the best period in their history, whilst Morton have toiled with boardroom and managerial upheaval in that time, but even with fortunes reversing somewhat this season, the Red Lichties still managed to turn up at Cappielow and record their first league success of the campaign. An early Dale Hilson goal was added to by a Michael McKenna penalty just before half time as Morton toiled badly in a fixture for which they’d have been banking on the three points, with only McGrattan’s injury time consolation to show for their efforts on the day. To add insult to injury, Jai Quitongo was sent off in the melee as he attempted to wrestle the ball from a reluctant Derek Gaston. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis After such an exhilarating campaign last time around, Arbroath are suffering perhaps the biggest fall from grace in consecutive seasons since our own annus horribilis back in 2013-14 season. They do have the luxury however of a Hamilton side who appear to be in complete turmoil, but work will have to be done to pull themselves clear of Accies and make ground on those above them in their attempts to pull themselves clear of the play-off position. The loss of Nicky Low was well publicised, but the biggest problem is clearly sticking the ball in the net. They are comfortably the lowest scorers in the league with only ten so far. The second lowest are Hamilton, who have notched sixteen. That said, they did manage a couple of draws last month, at Inverness and, heartbreakingly at home to Cove, with the Toonsers netting an injury time equaliser. Last weekend’s 2-0 win over Highland League Champions Fraserburgh will do little to ease the pressure on Dick Campbell as the league campaign resumes. I spoke to Arbroath fan Ewan Smith (@ewansmithpr), who was uncharacteristically pessimistic heading into the match. “Arbroath have a very impressive recent record against Morton- we’re unbeaten in nine, having won three of the last four meetings. Their 3-0 hammering of Morton the last time the ‘Ton travelled to Gayfield will live long in the memory of Arbroath fans as one of the most one-sided wins they’ve enjoyed in recent years. But despite a well-deserved 2-1 win when the teams met in September, Arbroath are aware that they face a huge battle to claim only their third win of the season. Morton have really kicked on since that clash, and are just a point off the top of the table- a full seventeen points clear of the Red Lichties! And to get the win, Arbroath will need to rediscover their scoring touch. They are the league’s lowest scorers with ten goals and have been crying out for a striker all season. The loss of loan stars Joel Nouble, Jack Hamilton and Anton Dowds from last term has hit us hard. The club have tried desperately hard to recruit a striker, but have struck a blank so far, with a lot of the onus now placed on the talismanic Bobby Linn, who has thankfully delivered. His double at Fraserburgh took his tally to seven for the season, only one shy of his best tally since Arbroath reached the Championship in 2019. At 37, the veteran winger is showing no signs of slowing down and will again be a threat to his old club. Another former Cappielow hero Derek Gaston has, arguably, been our best player this season. He’s produced a raft of top drawer saves- despite not having played behind a settled defence- and if Arbroath can find the net then they have a decent chance of claiming the points thanks to Gats. I’m normally supremely optimistic when it comes to Arbroath, and I’d love nothing more than a win to kickstart our survival bid. But I’d settle for a 1-1 draw this time.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 10pm on 1st December 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The bookies haven’t been reading any form guides, with Arbroath the 6/4 favourites against a Morton side who come in at 13/8, whilst the draw is 11/5. Morton to win to nil is 10/3, whilst Morton at half time and full time is 7/2. Match Officials Referee- David Dickinson AR 1- Jonathan Bell AR 2- Barry Reid
  9. Away Day Guide - Arbroath (3rd December) Photo - Arbroath FC Website Tickets – Click here to buy matchday tickets. Prices are as follows – Adults - £20, Concession (U18s, Students, Over 65s and Disabled Fans) - £13, Parent and U12 child - £23, Parent and 2xU12 children - £25. Disabled Supporters Information – The following is an exert from the Arbroath website – “Gayfield Park, home of Arbroath FC has two enclosed disabled seating areas on either side of the main stand which are reserved for wheelchair users and their assistants / carers. Each area can accommodate up to 3 wheelchairs and 3 assistants/carers. These areas also have wall attached seats which fold down in place for any assistant or carer that is present on the day. Each side is accessible via a smooth flat surface suitable for wheel chairs with a disabled toilet on the opposite side of the stand. Our match day stewards are always on hand to give assistance either into the ground, or to the accessible areas. Unfortunately due to Gayfield’s location we don’t own any parking spaces around the ground, but there is plenty of spaces on either side of the ground to park which is all completely free. If the distance from the main gate to the accessible area is too far, then we are happy to accommodate a vehicle into the ground for a close drop off. In this circumstance we would please ask that you contact the club a day or two before hand and arrive a little earlier than normal. We offer a concession admission for those with a disability and free admission to any assistant or carer present. We are a community club and hope to give all visiting and home fans the same experience as they are welcomed into our ground. If you have any questions we are always there to help Tel; 01241-872157 or email; office@arbroathfc.co.uk” Supporters Buses The Gourock Morton Supporters bus will depart from Gourock Train Station at 11.45am. The bus is now FULL, although names are being taken with the possibility of a second bus being booked. The price will be decided on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Mark on 07847847357 to book a space. The Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club bus will leave from their new location, The Caledonian Bar, at 11.30am. The cost will be decided on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Bryan on 07979760291 to book a space. By Train There are two services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock :08 and :38 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. Travel to Glasgow Central and transfer to Glasgow Queen Street. From Glasgow Queen Street, board a train to Edinburgh and transfer there, due to ongoing engineering works between Perth and Dundee. The stadium is around a 12 minute walk (0.6 miles) from the train station. Please note that there is no way of making the return journey on Friday evening. All information taken from the ScotRail website. By Car Use the postcode DD11 1QB for the stadium. The estimated journey time from Cappielow to Gayfield Park is around 2 hours 20 mins (122 miles). There is plenty of street parking in the vicinity of the stadium. Pre-Match Photo - Trip Advisor If you are arriving by train, or are arriving in Arbroath with time to spare, The Townhouse Hotel (99 High St, Arbroath DD11 1DP) is a short distance from the train station and offer alternate matchday hospitality packages. Closer to the stadium, Tuttie’s Neuk (Gayfield, Arbroath DD11 1QJ) is a stone’s throw from the Gayfield turnstiles.
  10. Dean and Stephen analyse yesterday's win, discuss Imrie's recruitment, potential Scottish Cup opponents and preview Saturday's trip to Arbroath.
  11. Dean and Stephen analyse yesterday's win, discuss Imrie's recruitment, potential Scottish Cup opponents and preview Saturday's trip to Arbroath.
  12. Dean and Stephen analyse yesterday's win, discuss Imrie's recruitment, potential Scottish Cup opponents and preview Saturday's trip to Arbroath.
  13. Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spiced Rum. The Morton Club Edition is available to order now, as well as the brand new Titan Orange Rum! Visit TitanSpiritsLTD.com and secure your bottle today! Titan Spiced - Rum, Reggae, Retro. Christmas cheer is to sing ‘TAIL O’ THE BANK CREDIT UNION FOR ALL OF INVERCLYDE TO HEAR’! Whether you want to finish that Christmas Shopping early before the Big Man appears, make sure your car’s winter ready for that Christmas drive home, or start saving towards next year...Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union has you covered with loan rates have continued to remain at the same low level. Shout it loud for all to hear...Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union is here for you! Contact us via our website or by phone on 01475 734655.
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