Raith Rovers 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2
The Fife Riviera sparkled in the sunshine yesterday as Caley Thistle made the journey to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers. There was no Esson or Draper in a side that was getting nearer to full strength than that which had confidently overcome the highland league opposition so far.
The hosts started brightly, pressing Caley Thistle in an effort to hustle them out of their normal passing game. We might find that being a feature this year, as team try to disrupt us and it took Raith a mere five minutes to capitalise as Anderson scored for the hosts.
Caley Thistle had their chances as Ross and Mckay somehow contrived not to score but the home side underlined their intent in this game by scoring a second on 38 minutes as the impressive Elliot decided to bury a chance that our defence had chances to clear.
Just as this was becoming a real danger, a great ball from Foran was hit goalwards by Doran and was helped on by Watson who bundled the ball past his unfortunate keeper, McGurn.
The second half saw a raft of changes by both sides as the spectacle of a water break or two was unleashed on quite incredulous Scottish fans. The temperature at pitch side must have been quite volcanic, but the action never really mirrored that as both sides struggled to make a breakthrough.
One of the many changes, however, did bring about that breakthrough and in what style. Liam Polworth has impressed in this pre-season perhaps more than any other in terms of his ability and maturity. He now looks every inch the SPL player, and his goal in 84 minutes was a peach of a strike from 25 yards that the goalkeeper barely registered as it flew past him. On this form, Polworth may turn out to be the best signing that Terry Butcher didn’t have to make.
The Caley Thistle media team was at Stark’s Park in force to bring you the latest on the pre-season odyssey, despite getting caught in Fife's equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle in an admittedly bonny part of the world.
Mid-Week matches at Arbroath and Wick will put a few more miles on the clock and next weekend sees the team’s major foray south to London for the game at Charlton Athletic...Sat Nav at the ready!
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