Ayr United vs. Alloa Athletic
Saturday 5th May 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United close out their Championship campaign at home to Alloa Athletic. After a season that has far exceeded expectations, The Honest Men can clinch third place and home advantage in the second-leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final with a win against the relegation threatened part-timers.
Opponents:Alloa Athletic, meanwhile, are 90 minutes away from securing their own Championship status and travel to Ayrshire in knowledge that a win will ensure they finish the campaign outside the bottom two. After taking just seven points from a possible 30 since the turn of the year, Jim Goodwin’s men gave their survival hopes a huge boost with four consecutive wins, including against Ross County. However, back-to-back defeats at home to Partick Thistle and away to Inverness have left the Wasps with work to do.
Somerset Park is likely to have one eye on events elsewhere in the Championship: for the Honest Men, Inverness’s result at home to Dunfermline will be significant in the battle of third place if they fail to beat Alloa while the Wasps’ fate could hinge on events at Palmerston Park where Queen of the South face Partick Thistle and at the Falkirk Stadium, where the division’s bottom side are relying on others to do them a favour – even if they are able to overcome Champions Ross County.
Ayr United – WLLLW
Alloa Athletic – WWLLL
Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Steven Bell and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.
Ian says: “This is a huge game for us, we want to build momentum going into the playoffs and after the season we have had we want to finish third in this league. The financial difference between 3rd and 4th is large and would be great for the club so we have plenty of incentives to win this game. “
Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 10
Alloa Athletic wins – 13
The Wasps have two wins in their last 13 trips to Somerset Park.
Referee – William Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe
Adults – £17
Concessions – £11
(OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds)
Under 18s – £6