Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th March 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight, Ayr United travel to Gayfield to face Arbroath – with the huge incentive of needing just a point to return to the top of the league table. Three consecutive 3-0 wins at home, including over title rivals Raith Rovers on Saturday, coupled with the Kirkcaldy side’s loss at Forfar last night mean Ian McCall’s side are just a point behind Rovers going into tonight’s game.
The match will see Dick Campbell return to the dug-out following his ban for storming on to the Somerset Park pitch when the sides last met, in the Scottish Cup in December. His temporary absence from the touchline hasn’t upset the Red Lichties too much, with Campbell even picking up the Manager of the Month award for February.
Arbroath are undefeated at home since before Christmas (five matches), including a fine 2-0 win over Angus rivals Forfar at the weekend.
Team News: Paddy Boyle is out with the knock he picked up on Saturday however we are hopeful he will be ok for the weekend.
Ian says: “Of course it’s a help to us but last nights result won’t even come into our thinking. I’ve always said we only concern ourselves with what we are doing and tonight’s game will be extremely tough, we know that. In saying that we are in great form and just like every single game we have played this season we will be going there to try and score goals and win the game.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 51
Draws – 17
Arbroath wins – 27
United have won six of their last seven visits to Gayfield, scoring 22 goals.
Last Meeting: Arbroath are the only side to record two league wins at Somerset Park this season, beating the Honest Men 2-1 in August and January, coming from behind on both occasions. United reaped a measure of revenge when they knocked the Red Lichties out the Scottish Cup with a 4-1 win also thanks to goals from Declan McDaid (2), Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore.
Ayr also recorded a 4-1 victory over Dick Campbell’s side when they travelled to Gayfield in November. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring the the first half before a devastating spell of 3 goals in 5 minutes – from Shankland again, Moore and a David Gold own goal – put United four goals to the good before the hour mark. Gavin Swankie got a late consolation.
On this day: in 1959, Ayr beat Arbroath 3-1 at Gayfield to open up an eight point advantage over the Red Lichties at the top of the old Division 2. The goals took United’s tally to 96 in just 27 league matches.
Referee – Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe
Adult – £14
Concession – £8
Adult & Child – £17