Ayr United vs. Alloa Athletic
Saturday 14th December 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Alloa Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park for our last home match before Christmas. Supporters will be hoping for some festive cheer after a run of four games without a win. A draw on Tuesday night against Arbroath in difficult conditions halted a three game losing streak but Ayr need to get back to winning ways to rebuild confidence heading into the new year.
United’s poor run of form means we are in danger of dropping out of the top four, with fifth place Arbroath and sixth place Dundee sitting just three points behind the Honest Men, albeit Mark Kerr’s side has a superior goal difference.
Opponents: Alloa Athletic have dropped to tenth place in the Championship table after back-to-back defeats at home to Inverness then away to Dundee United last Saturday. Alan Trouten opened the scoring at Tannadice in the 12th minute, but goals either side of half-time by Louis Appere and Nicky Clark condemned the Wasps to their eighth defeat of the season.
The Wasps only away win the Championship this season came at Queen of the South at the end of August, following which they have taken six points from a possible 18 on the road.
Team News:. Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch are out with long term injuries.
Mark says: “We need to build up the confidence again and a couple of good results in a row will do that. The spine of the team is beginning to look stronger again and we will certainly be looking to create more in the forward areas. Tuesday night was played in extremely difficult conditions and of course when we got ahead we wanted to go on and get the three points but conceding so quickly into the second half made things even tougher. We are really looking forward to Saturday, I had to change the team late on due to the conditions on Tuesday and tomorrow we will be looking to get our best team on the park and play with a tempo from the start. Hopefully our fans get behind us, they have a huge part to play and we will be doing everything we can to send them home happy.”
Ayr United: WLLLD
Alloa Athletic: LWDLL
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 24
Alloa Athletic wins – 27
United are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the sides (four wins, one draw)
Ian McCall’s final match in charge of The Honest Men saw his side put in a scintillating performance against the Wasps at Recreation Park in September. An Alan Forrest double, Sam Roscoe and Luke McCowan saw United race to foul-goal lead within in just 31 minutes, effectively killing the game as a contest. Kevin O’Hara did net a second-half consolation for Alloa.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Douglas Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Blair Fraser
Adult – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)
U18’s – £6
Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance of kick-off to avoid queuing on matchday.