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Monday 15th August 2016

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Kilmarnock, Ross County, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic and Elgin City.

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Kilmarnock, Ross County, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic and Elgin City.
100 Kilmarnock came from behind to beat Hamilton Accies 2-1 at the SuperSeal Stadium on Saturday. It was a particularly momentous day for Killie striker Kris Boyd, who netted his 100th goal for the club in his 250th appearance. Boyd’s first goal came 15 years ago, in a 2-0 victory over Motherwell in November 2001. This is the striker’s third spell at Rugby Park - he netted 67 times between 2001 and 2005, added a further 25 between 2013 and 2014, and has found the net eight times since returning to the club last summer. Boyd is the first player to reach a century for Killie since Eddie Morrison in 1973. Saturday’s goal was Boyd’s 195th in the SPL/Premiership – his next target is to become just the fifth player since WWII to reach 200 top-flight goals.
3 Ross County defeated local rivals Inverness CT 3-2 at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to end a run of eight Premiership derbies without a victory. Liam Boyce was the hero, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the Highland derby for either side. Boyce only joined the Staggies in 2014, but has already netted four hat-tricks. Three of Boyce’s hat-tricks have come in the Premiership – no other County player has netted a treble in the top flight.
8 Raith Rovers soared to the summit of the Ladbrokes Championship table after defeating St Mirren 3-1 at Stark’s Park on Saturday. Rovers have made an impressive start to the season, with a home Betfred Cup defeat to Alloa being the only blip so far. Previous manager Ray McKinnon turned Stark’s Park into something of a fortress in the second half of last season, and it looks like that may continue under Gary Locke. Rovers have not lost a league match in Kirkcaldy since early February – their streak of eight matches unbeaten equals their best run since being promoted to the second tier in 2009.
7 Alloa Athletic defeated Stranraer 5-2 to remain the only club in Scotland with a 100% record in all competitions.  Jack Ross and his side have recorded seven wins out of seven this season, equalling a club record winning streak most recently set in February-March 2012 under Paul Hartley. The Wasps have already smashed in 20 goals this season, which is just five short of their entire tally for last season.  Alloa scored five times in the first half on Saturday – the last time they scored five or more times in a single half of football was an 8-1 victory against Elgin City in April 2012, a match which featured four goals from Stevie May.
13 Elgin City moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 2 after defeating Edinburgh City 3-0 at Borough Briggs on Saturday. Jim Weir’s side had the best home record in the division last season, and appear to be continuing that into this campaign. The Black and Whites have picked up 13 wins in their last 19 home league fixtures, losing just once.