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Match Preview- Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath

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Match Preview- Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath

PostedMarch 30, 2012

After two home games we are back on the road on Saturday when we head west to face Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

Both teams will be looking for all three points but for different reasons, with the Blue Brazil will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table while the Rovers are looking to get out of the relegation zone.


Colin Cameron should more or less have a full squad to choose from for the trip to Coatbridge. Liam Cuasck took a knock in last week’s win over Dumbarton but is expected to be fit for the game.


We have played 15 away league games this season and on our travels we have won six, drawn six and lost three. In these games we have scored 27 goals, conceding 16.

We are currently on a 10 game unbeaten run which has seen six wins and four draws since we lost at Forfar on 21st January 2012.


The Wee Rovers are currently in ninth place a point ahead of bottom of the league Stirling Albion but four points adrift of third bottom Forfar Athletic. The Coatbridge side have only won two of their 13 league games played in 2012, both against Stenhousemuir with the latest being a 2-1 win at Ochilview last Saturday. During this run they have drawn a further two games and lost the other nine.

So far they have played 14 home league games winning five, drawing four and losing five. In these games they have scored 21 goals and conceded 18. Top scorer for Rovers this season is Robert Love who has scored eight times, Scott Chaplain and former Central Parker John Gemmell have both scored seveb goals so far.


In the previous three meetings this season we have been undefeated with two home wins and an away draw. Back in September we ran out 2-1 winners at Central Park with a first half brace from Kal Naismith with Scott Chaplain pulling back a late goal for the Coatbridge side before getting sent off.

The return game at Cliftonhill saw a cracking 3-3 draw played in atrocious weather. We had to comeback three times to earn what could still turn out to be a vital point. Robert Love opened the scoring after just two minutes before Mark Ramsay levelled. Steven Lawless (who was on loan from Motherwell) scored either side of a Jon Robertson goal with Greg Stewart grabbing an equaliser with just nine minutes to go.

The second game, at Central Park on Valentine’s Day saw a 3-0 win with Lewis Coult bagging a brace along with Marc McKenzie with all of the goals coming in the opening 26 minutes.


The Miners Mini Tours (sponsored by Wee Jimmies) bus will leave Central Park at 1 p.m. with seats still available for non- members at 12 for adults and 9 for OAP and under 12s. Families cost is 17. To book your seat phone 01383 511562.

Cliftonhill of course currently only has one side of the ground in use although there is the choice of both, sitting or standing. Admission prices are Adult - 12. Concessions - 7, concessions are OAP (65 or over) and Unemployed (on production of appropriate benefit card). Juniors (13-16) -5. A Parent & Child (under 12) is 12.


Referee on Saturday is Crawford Allan who will be assisted by Raymond Whyte and Steven Kirkland.

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