Auchinleck Talbot vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 19th January 2019. Kick-off 12.15pm
On Saturday, Ayr United make the short journey east to face Junior behemoths Auchinleck Talbot for a much anticipated Ayrshire derby in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The Honest Men go into the televised tie on the back of two defeats and five games without a win, in stark contrast to Talbot who have won their last eight games and are undefeated in 13, stretching back to the start of October.
The Opposition: Twelve-times winners of the Scottish Junior Cup, including last year, Auchinleck are competing in the senior Scottish Cup for the seventh time this season. They have fared well against SPFL clubs on the four previous occasions they have come up against league opposition, including a controversial narrow defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle in January 2012 where a last-minute goal by Gordon Pope was incorrectly ruled out for offside, denying Talbot a replay.
Pope is one of six former Ayr United players currently in Beechwood Park side’s squad, with Willie Lyle, Craig McCracken, David Waite, Gareth Armstrong and Mark Shankland also amongst Tommy Sloan’s ranks. Striker Graham Wilson is Talbot’s top goalscorer this season with 22 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.
Road to Round Four: Auchinleck Talbot have already played six matches in the William Hill Scottish Cup this season, including away trips to Wick, Cove Rangers and Fraserburgh. Their first match in the competition was a 3-1 win over Banks O’Dee at Beechwood Park, which they followed up with a 10-0 win over Wigton & Bladnoch before narrowly overcoming the three Highland League teams, requiring a replay to defeat Cove.
The Honest Men have already face opposition from the Ayrshire Juniors this season, eventually defeating West Super League champions Beith Juniors in the previous round.
Team News: Alan Forrest, Jamie Adams and Mark Kerr are out with injuries. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “It will be a great occasion, Talbot have a great history and with the capacity crowd and live TV cameras there it will be electric. We were in Auchinleck last night and you can tell the anticipation levels are huge. It is a huge game for us as well though and we absolutely want to make sure we are in that draw for the last 16.”
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson
Ayr United fans are asked enter and exit from the Main Street Gates 6 & 7 and will occupy the north end of the Main Street Terracing from the segregation point, the Bank End and the East Terracing up to the stand. Stand ticket holders will be seated in the north side of the stand.
Disabled access will be available at the social club gates.
Buses can drop off in Main Street, and leave the town if they wish, as long as they are back for pick up in the Main Street in good time for the game finishing. If they staying in Auchinleck, they should park at High house industrial estate on Barony Road.Entry to the ground for Ayr support is via gates 6 and 7 which are accessed from Main Street.
Searching is a condition of entry, aimed mainly at pyrotechnics and alcohol.
It is strongly advised that fans arrive in plenty time, as queues will build at the two turnstiles. The game is strictly ticket only, no person will be admitted without one. the kick off time is 12.15pm and turnstiles will open at 11am.
CODE OF CONDUCT
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE GROUND ARE ADMITTED SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT THEY MAY BE RQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO A SEARCH TO PREVENT DANGEROUS ARTICLES BEING BROUGHT INTO THE GROUND WHICH MAY BE USED TO CAUSE INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY
NO PYROTECHNICS PERMITTED.
- STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE GROUND, ALSO PERSONS WHO ARE INTOXICATED BY ANY MEANS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ADMISSION TO THE MATCH.
- SUPPORTERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FIELD OF PLAY AT ANY TIME, ANYONE FOUND TO BE DOING SO WILL BE BANNED FROM FUTURE MATCHES
- THREATENING BEHAVIOUR, RACIST, SECTARIAN OR DISCRIMINATORY ABUSE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WILL NOT BE TOLLERATED BY THE CLUB