Match Preview Ayr United vs. Alloa Athletic Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 16th September 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United will look to bounce back from consecutive league defeats when they take on Alloa Athletic at Somerset Park. Despite recent setbacks, Ian McCall’s men lie in second place in the table, four points behind leaders Raith Rovers.
Alloa Athletic player-manager Jim Goodwin made his first appearance of the season last weekend as a second-half substitute. With the Wasps 1-0 down at home Forfar Athletic, Goodwin inspired his charges to a 2-1 victory with two late goals from Kevin Cawley and Kris Renton. The win put Alloa onto seven points, one of four clubs in League 1 on that tally, in seventh place.
Former Celtic U19s and Dumbarton forward Cawley – in his second spell at the Recs – heads up a number of former Ayr players at Alloa: Andy Graham was United’s play-off hero when his penalty clinched promotion for the club in 2016; fellow defender Daryll Meggatt returned to Alloa after a season with Ayr in the Championship; striker Craig Malcolm and defender Scott Taggart (on loan from Hibernian) have also had spells at Somerset Park.
Team News: Craig Moore, Paddy Boyle and Alan Forrest are out, however all have a chance of being available for next Saturday. Robbie Crawford has a stress fracture in his foot and is expected to be out for around a month. Chris Higgins will serve a one match suspension. Jamie Adams and Ross Docherty come back into the squad.
Ian says: “This weeks training has been superb, it was a blow to lose last week after playing so well however the reaction has been exactly what I wanted. We need to play with the same intensity and pace and we will always cause teams problems if we do that with the players we have. Of course we want to get back to winning ways especially at home. The performance against Arbroath wasn’t acceptable and the boys will have learned from that. We have a few players out again but also some important ones coming back in to the squad.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 55
Draws – 22
Alloa Athletic wins – 25
United are without a win in the last six meetings between the sides.
Last Meeting: The last two meetings between the clubs came in the Scottish Cup in November 2014. After a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park, which saw Ryan Donnelly cancel out Liam Buchanan’s goal for the visitors, the Wasps would go on to comfortably win through to the next round of the competition, defeating United 4-0 in the replay. Buchanan was again on the scoresheet along with Daryll Meggatt and Mark Docherty (2).
On this day: in 2006, Ayr United travelled to Clackmannanshire and defeated the Wasps 1-0 at Recreation Park. Midfielder Paul Weaver scored for the Honest Men in the 68th minute.
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland
Assistant Referee 2 – Alastair Grieve
Adult – £16
Concession (18-21, Over 65 & Students) – £10
U18s – £5