Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd January 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United look to kick start their season when Ian McCall’s side travel to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers. The Honest Men have been idle for the last two weekends, denied the opportunity to turn round a run of form which has seen them win just one of their last five league matches. With Peterhead closing the gap between second and third position to just two points, a win at Cliftonhill would give injury-hit United a timely boost.
Postponements mean that Albion Rovers have played just once in the last month – a 2-1 defeat at home to Airdrieonians in the Monklands Derby at the start of the month. Darren Young’s side remain in the promotion play-off places in fourth spot, seven points behind Peterhead but with three games in hand.
Team News: Gerry McLauchlan, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Paddy Boyle are all definetly out. Robbie Crawford and Brian Gilmour and 50/50 and Craig Moore is available.
Ian says: “We have already been here this season so we know what to expect. They have done extremely well this season and its a very tough venue. Whatever team we are able to put on the park will need to be at their very best to get a result.”
Head-to-Head (at Cliftonhill):
Ayr United wins – 16
Draws – 5
Albion Rovers wins – 21
Saturday will be the 80th league meeting between the sides, with the Honest Men boasting the upper hand in the previous 79 games, winning 41.
Last Meeting: This is the third meeting of the two clubs this season, with the home side winning on each occasion. Ayr won 3-1 at Somerset Park in first round of the Challenge Cup with goals from Alan Trouten, Nicky Devlin and Ross Caldwell. Ally Love netted the ‘Vers’ consolation but was the hero two weeks later in the league opener at Cliftonhill, scoring twice in a 3-0 win. Ross Davidson had opened the scoring in just the second minute.
The last meeting between the sides saw Alan Trouten earn the Honest Men all three points in a narrow win at Somerset Park in November.
On this day: in 1999 United recorded one of their most famous results, beating arch rivals Kilmarnock 3-0 at Somerset Park. Fans will need no reminding that Andy Lyons opened the scoring before half-time and an Andy Walker double from the penalty spot eased the Honest Men to victory.
Referee – David Lowe
Assistant Referee – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee – Ross Anderson
Match Details: Adults £14, Concessions £7, Children £5. Adult Ayr supporters will get in for £10 if they produce this years season ticket.