Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Saturday 5th December 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to Clackmannanshire to take on Alloa Athletic as both clubs return to Championship action after contrasting results in the Betfred Cup last weekend. Mark Kerr will be hoping his players can bounce back from a chastening defeat at the hands of Livingston but know that a third consecutive clean sheet in the league would go a long way in consolidating our position in the top-four by the end of tomorrow. United currently have a one point advantage over Inverness, who take on Queen of the South this evening, and Morton.
Opposition: Despite still awaiting their first Championship win of the season, Alloa head into Saturday’s game buoyed after causing an upset in the Betfred Cup last weekend, knocking out Heart of the Midlothian at the Indodrill to set up a quarter-final tie against Hibernian. The Wasps went in the Hearts game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Tynecastle just four days previously but held Robbie Neilson’s men over 90 minutes and it was Alan Trouten who netted the winner from the penalty spot in extra-time.
Peter Grant’s side have picked up just one point from their first five games of the Championship season; Dundee coming back from 3-1 down to deny Alloa the victory at the Indodrill Stadium at the start of last month.
Team News: Mark Kerr expects to have a full squad to choose from for the first time this season.
Mark says: “Obviously last week in the Cup was very disappointing but we have had a really good weeks training and we are hugely focused on making it back to back wins in the league. There are some big head to head in the league this weekend and we know that 3 points tomorrow will make the league table look a lot better, it is a big incentive for us and one we have talked about all week. For the first time we have everyone available and that is going to bring real competition for places.”
Alloa Athletic: LLDLL
Ayr United: WDLDW
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 64
Draws – 27
Alloa Athletic wins – 31
The Honest Men are unbeaten in the last 8 meetings between the sides (six wins, one draw).
Previous Meeting: Goals from Aaron Drinan and Alan Forrest handed United all three points in the last meeting between the two clubs, at the Indodrill Stadium at the end of February 2020.
Team: Doohan, Houston, Harvie, Roscoe, Bell; Kerr (Muirhead), Malley (Tiffoney), Kelly; Forrest, McCowan, Drinan (Moffat).
On this day: in history, United have a 69% win rate and have lost just two of 13 games the club has played on 5th December. Both losses came away from home in Central Scotland, however, at Stirling in 1964 and Falkirk in 1998. Our biggest win on this date was also in Stirling, a 6-2 victory over King’s Park in 1934.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
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