Raith Rovers boss wants win to thank fans

Gary Locke.

Raith boss Gary Locke is looking for his players to reward fans for their generosity to the club by securing a win at St Mirren on Saturday.

Rovers have been stretched financially recently because of a dearth of home fixtures.

Last week, three fans’ groups donated £14,000 to help with the cash flow.

Now, Locke is hoping his players can thank them this weekend by taking all three points in Paisley in what will be his side’s first game since November 22.

He said: “It has obviously been difficult over the last few weeks not having a game.

“I think it is something that needs to be looked at where we have only had one home game in the last two months.

“The fans, who have been brilliant with me since I became manager, have also helped the club out which is testament to the relationship they have with the club.

“It was a wonderful gesture and we will look to thank them by securing three points this Saturday at St Mirren.

“We have tried to manage this break as well as we can and we had a bounce game at Stark’s Park last week to keep the lads ticking over.

“Some of the boys have had a wee rest so hopefully we can get a run of games now.

“One of the worst things about not playing is that we have slipped a place in the league but we are all now just looking forward to Saturday.

“Prior to this break we had been on a good run of results but we were not happy about the way we were performing so hopefully we will hit the ground running again at St Mirren.”