Friday, April 08, 2011

SFL: Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath

With three of the ten teams, we might always have expected that Fife would have a major role play in the First Division this season.

But we might not have anticipated that role providing so much suspense that, even this late in the season, we're still looking to the Kingdom for Scottish football's match of the weekend.

Second top play second bottom in a game that could have major repercussions for more than just the two teams involved.

Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath.

A match that sounds like a Scottish footballing throwback treating us to another chapter in an engrossing season.

Raith are only two points behind leaders Dunfermline and have played a game less.

Cowdenbeath have dragged themselves free from the automatic relegation spot but remain four points behind Ross County as they look to avoid a relegation play off.

With Ross County and Dunfermline sitting this league weekend out, here's a big chance for both Raith and Cowdenbeath to make a move.

All of which would be quite interesting enough without the added spice of a local derby.

Given their recent history, SPL promotion for Raith would be an incredible achievement.

And given their own history, First Division survival, under Raith legend Jimmy Nicholl, would be a huge success for Cowdenbeath.

An exhilarating prospect. And an added dash of interest offered by the spectre of Dunfermline, watching on and forced to cheer on one of their own local rivals.

A ten team league producing 12 Fife derbies in a season is too much.

Between them though, Raith, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath have somehow managed to keep up the excitement and interest until the very end.

League positions don't lie. But local derby results often do. So no prediction from me. Could be a close one though.