Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Saturday 19th December 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to take on Arbroath in their last fixture before Christmas. The Honest Men head to Angus on the back of four consecutive clean sheets in the league and are the only Championship side who are unbeaten since October.
United were unable to find a winning goal last time out with Friday night’s televised fixture at home to Raith ending in a stalemate. Ayr remain in the top four of the table, two points behind second placed Dunfermline Athletic.
Opposition: After an impressive first season in the Championship last term which saw the Red Lichties finish fifth, Arbroath have yet to record a league win this season. Two points from seven games, following draws at home to Queen of the South and Morton mean Dick Campbell’s side sit bottom of the table, two points adrift of the Doonhamers and Alloa Athletic.
Arbroath went to the bottom of the table last weekend, after losing a basement battle at home to Alloa. The Wasps picked up a vital win with a second-half Stefan Scougall goal.
The Angus side’s team has a familiar look to it, with Campbell holding on to the majority of the squad that has served him so well over the last couple of years. Veteran striker Kris Doolan is one of just four new faces at Gayfield, alongside former ‘keeper Scott Gallacher and youngsters Michael Ruth and Connor Smith, on loan from Aberdeen and Hearts respectively.
Team News: Cammy Smith comes back into the squad after suspension. Innes Cameron misses out after taking a knock in training.
Mark says: “We want to keep the momentum going, we’ve got a run of clean sheets and are unbeaten since the Morton game at the end of October. Sometimes it can be the makings of a good side who are very solid at the back, don’t play anywhere near their best but are solid and still have chances to win games. We know what to expect from Arbroath and we know just how difficult it will be but we want to keep this run going. We need to be better in possession and create more chances as we know we have quality in the forward areas of the pitch.”
Ayr United: LDWWD
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 56
Draws – 21
Arbroath wins – 29
Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides, with the Honest Men having won over half of the last 99.
The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Gayfield.
Our last trip to Arbroath was abandoned at half-time due to high-winds. The match, in February this year, saw The Honest Men play into the teeth of the gale during the first-half, reaching the break level after an Aaron Drinan goal was cancelled out by Colin Hamilton direct from a corner.
Over 12 months ago, the meeting at Somerset Park did end 1-1 after a second-half Michael McKenna penalty at Somerset Park equalised Stephen Kelly’s opener. Ayr won 3-0 at Gayfield earlier last season with early goals from Alan Forrest (2) and Stephen Kelly.
Referee – David Lowe
Assistant Referee 1 – Ross Macleod
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle
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