Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Saturday 28th September 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Arbroath looking to make it five wins in a row in the Championship.
The Honest Men followed up a dominant performance and three points at home to Dundee United a fortnight ago with an exhilarating display of football at Alloa which saw us take a four-goal lead into half-time last weekend. Interim management team Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan will be hoping for ‘business as usual’ at Gayfield against a streetwise Arbroath side.
Opponents: The League 1 champions have made a good start to life in the Championship with eight points from their six games so far to lie in fifth position. Dick Campbell’s side are unbeaten at home, with victory over Dunfermline and draws against Queen of the South and Partick Thistle, a match in which they could have won but for a questionable offside call.
Last time out, Dick Campbell’s side looked on course to shock Dundee United at Tannadice when Luke Donnelly put the Red Lichties one goal ahead but two late Lawrence Shankland goals ensured the Terrors remained top of the table, albeit by just one goal.
United Interim boss Sandy Stewart’s son Scott is one of seven new signings made by Arbroath over the summer but Campbell’s side has largely settled look, especially the back-four of Thomson, Hamilton, Little and O’Brien. Forward Bobby Linn is enjoying a career renaissance. The 33-year-old scored 23 goals last season and is one of a number of experience options in attack.
Team News: Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Steven Bell, Craig McGuffie and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.
Sandy says: “We have had a good weeks training, the boys have worked extremely hard and never taken the focus off tomorrows game. We are in good form and after the last two performances there is plenty of confidence in the dressing room. We are fully aware of how difficult it will be tomorrow. Dick Campbell always has his teams well organised but this Arbroath team have plenty of quality about them and their good start to the season is no surprise to us at all. Hopefully we have a good support there getting behind us from the off as we look to stay at the top end of the table.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 55
Draws – 20
Arbroath wins – 28
The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last five visits to Arbroath while Michael Moffat has 13 goals in 14 appearances against the Red Lichties, including 11 in 6 at Gayfield.
Craig McGuffie came off the bench to score a late equaliser in challenging conditions at Gayfield in the last meeting between Ayr and Arbroath. Danny Denholm had put the home side ahead in the midweek encounter in March last year before McGuffie’s 86th minute strike.
Referee – Grant Irvine
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – George King
Adults – £18
Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer) – £10
Adult & Child – £20