Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Arbroath

Friday, 9th Dec 2022

SPFL Trust Trophy Fourth Round, Friday 9th December 2022, kick off 7.45pm at Gayfield

Dunfermline travel to face Arbroath on Friday night in the Fourth Round of this season’s SPFL Trust Trophy.

The teams met in the Challenge Cup in 2009-10, and 2010-11 the Pars winning both times, 2-1 and 1-0. The sides met again in July 2015 when the Pars won 4-1 at Gayfield and in August 2017 when the Pars won 2-0 at East End Park. The Red Lichties last win over Dunfermline at Gayfield in the Challenge Cup was in 1992.

Milestones Arbroath (away)

Last Victory | 28/11/20 | 3-1 | Betfred Cup

Last Defeat | 05/03/22 | 0-1 | Championship

Best Victory | 14/09/57 | 5-0 | Division Two

Best Victory | 09/08/52 | 5-0 | League Cup

Worst Defeat | 03/10/25 | 0-5 | Division Two

Worst Defeat | 23/01/54 | 0-5 | Division B

Last Goalless Draw | 04/03/20 | 0-0 | Championship

First Meeting | 04/02/22 | 0-0| Division Two

Last Meeting at Gayfield

Championship, Saturday 5th March 2022
Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 0

Arbroath 1-0 Dunfermline
Sat, 5th Mar 2022

Arbroath demonstrated their title credentials with a narrow win against Dunfermline, who struck the frame of the goal three times, but couldn’t score.

The Fifers fortunes swung severely in the opening ten minutes. Ryan Dow made Derek Gaston saved from close range but it seemed Dorrans simply had to score with the keeper still prone, but after taking a touch the Pars’ skipper was stunned to see Little clear his shot off the line.

The visitors were still digesting this set-back when the home team scored what was to prove to be the only goal of the game – Liam Henderson advanced down the left and David GOLD timed his run from midfield to collect the cut-back and crash it into the net.  1-0 Arbroath in nine minutes.

Steven Lawless had shots that grazed the post and hit the crossbar while Kevin O’Hara was denied by the post. That summed up the Pars’ performance – close, but not close enough. The result meant the Pars slipped to the bottom of the division.

ARBROATH: Derek Gaston: Scott Stewart, Ricki Little, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton: Chris Hamilton: Bobby Linn (Jason Thomson HT), Michael McKenna, Liam Henderson (Dale Hilson 73), David Gold (James Craigen 70), Jack Hamilton (Luke Donnelly 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Nicky Low, Sam Ford, Michael Bakare, Calum Antell (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Aaron Comrie (Dom Thomas 63), Coll Donaldson, Efe Ambrose (Rhys Breen 82), Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus (Lewis Martin 82), Joe Chalmers: Steven Lawless, Graham Dorrans (c))(Lewis McCann 82), Ryan Dow (Liam Polworth 82), Kevin O’Hara
SUBS NOT USED: Nikolay Todorov, Paul Allan, Matty Todd, Neil Alexander (GK)

Twelve Most Recent Meetings

The Fifers have won five of the last twelve fixtures, Arbroath six including the last four. One game has been drawn.

05/03/22 | Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 0 | Championship

26/12/21 | Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 3 | Championship

30/10/21 | Arbroath 4 Dunfermline 2 | Championship 

28/08/21 | Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 3 | Championship

24/04/21 | Dunfermline 4 Arbroath 3 | Championship

06/02/21 | Arbroath 2 Dunfermline 0 | Championship

26/12/20 | Dunfermline 1 Arbroath 0 | Championship

28/11/20 | Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 3 | Betfred Cup

04/03/20 | Arbroath 0-0 Dunfermline | Championship

29/10/19 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Championship

31/08/19 | Arbroath 1-0 Dunfermline | Championship

15/08/17 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Challenge Cup

Recent Form

Arbroath’s solitary home league win was a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hamilton Academicals but they have registered home wins against all three lower league visitors - Cowdenbeath, Airdrieonians and East Fife.

Dick Campbell’s team have won just once in their last six matches - a 2-0 win away to Highland League, Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup.

Dunfermline are undefeated in their last seven matches and have lost only twice away from home this season - against Premierleague Ross County and fellow Angus side, Montrose.

Last six matches


Queen of the South (H) D 1-1
Forfar Athletic (H) W 4-0

Peterhead (A) W 2-0

Celtic B (H) W 2-1

Clyde (H) D 2-2

Falkirk (A) W 1-0


Morton (H) D 1-1
Fraserburgh (A) W 2-0
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-3
Cove Rangers (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1
Ayr United (H) L 0-2

League Record


League One Position: 1st

League Points: 36

Goal Difference: +15

Away League Record: P8 W4 D4 L0 GF11 GA7

Last Six Match Form: WDWWWD


League Position: 9th

League Points: 13

Goal Difference: -12

Home League Record: P9 W1 D4 L4 GF5 GA10

Last Six Match Form: LDDLWD

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher (Nikolay Todorov 53), Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen: Aaron Comrie Joe Chalmers, Matthew Todd Josh Edwards: Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Kyle Macdonald 85) Craig Wighton, Chris Mochrie (Chris Hamilton 74)
SUBS NOT USED: Robbie Mahon, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Taylor Sutherland, Liam Hoggan, Max Little (GK)

ARBROATH (v Morton): Derek Gaston: Marcel Oakley, Ricki Little, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton: Michael McKenna, David Gold, Scott Bitsindou (Florent Hoti (32), Dylan Tait (Keaghan Jacobs (HT): Scott Allan (Daniel Fosu (HT): Bobby Linn (Deri Corfe (76).
SUBS NOT USED: Kieran Shanks, Kareem Isiaka, Cammy Gill (GK).

There will be no cash gates at this match.

Tickets can be purchased at – https://www.arbroathfc.co.uk/away-tickets/

Entry is only by ticket only meaning your matchday ticket must be purchased online and either printed out or shown on your phone to be scanned before entry to the ground.

Admission prices are as follows;
£12 – Adult

£6 – Concessions (Under 18, over 65, student and Disabled)

£14 – General Family 1 adult & 1 child (under 12)

£15 – General Family 1 adult & 2 child (under 12)

£6 – Disabled & Carer
Wheelchair and ambulant bookings must be made through the Arbroath FC office on 01241-872157

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