Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Saturday 21st September 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United head to Alloa for the first of two away games in which the Honest Men will look to cement their place at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. A dominant performance and three points at home to Dundee United last weekend saw United draw level with the Tangerines with 12 points from five games.
Opponents: Alloa Athletic have started the season with four points from their opening five Championship games under new manager Peter Grant. After wins over Stirling Albion and Arbroath in the group stage of the League Cup, the Wasps picked up their first win of the league campaign three weeks ago at Queen of the South, following this up with a win at Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup. Last week, however, they were edged out 2-1 away to Dundee, a result that leaves them in eight place in the table, two points ahead of the Pars and Partick Thistle.
New faces amongst the Wasps’ squad this season have primarily been in forward areas with former Ayr United striker Liam Buchanan, Robert Thomson (ex-Brechin City, Dumbarton and Morton) and Kevin O’Hara all joining in the summer, while more recently goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald has moved on an emergency transfer from Kilmarnock following injury to regular number 1 Neil Parry, who was a stand-out performer for the Wasps last season.
Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries. Finn Ecrepont is away on Scotland duty.
Ian says: “Anyone expecting us to go there and win is completely wrong. We’re Ayr United and don’t have a divine right to be winning any game in this league. Saturday at Alloa is three points just the same as the Dundee United game and we’ll approach it exactly the same.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 61
Draws – 27
Alloa Athletic wins – 31
The Honest Men have recorded 26 league wins at Recreation Park in 55 matches against Alloa Athletic.
Last Match: The Honest Men were unbeaten against the Wasps last season, winning three and drawing one. The most recent meeting between the clubs was a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park on the final weekend of last season, a result which secured Alloa’s Championship status.
Ayr won both meetings at the Indodrill Stadium, 3-1 in February and 2-0 in September and also recorded a 3-0 win at Somerset Park in October. Lawrence Shankland scored six of our nine goals against the Wasps last season.
Referee – David Lowe
Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
Adults – £18
Senior Citizens (over 65) – £10
Juvenile (u16s) – £4