On Saturday, Ayr United will look to banish the heartache of Greenock Morton’s late smash-and-grab when they host Brechin City at Somerset Park. United remain a point behind Stenhousemuir after a late Colin McMenamin penalty miss saw the Warriors fall to Dunfermline at Ochilview last weekend. Stenny travel to Airdrie tomorrow.
Brechin City are clinging on to the final promotion play-off position, four points ahead of Dunfermline and Peterhead. League leaders Stranraer hold a seven point advantage, with Morton and Forfar a point behind the Blues. Brechin came back from two goals down against Peterhead on Tuesday night to earn an important point, with Bobby Barr netting a last minute penalty.
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Ian says: “Its been a tough few weeks with good performances not giving us the return we feel they have deserved. However that’s football and we just need to start winning games however it happens. The positive is that we are playing well and creating chances and we have players enjoying their football right now. We have a good team spirit and they cant wait to get on the pitch again to get some points on the board. The way we are playing we don’t fear anyone and are looking forward to games. Brechin were on a fantastic run recently so we know they are a good side and what strengths they have however at Somerset Park we will be looking to win the game.”
Team news: Scott McKenna is on duty with the Scotland under 19s so he will miss the game. Craig Beattie is currently 50/50 for the match and everyone else is available.
Form: Ayr slumped to their fifth game without a win on Saturday. Brechin City are also without a win in five, having previous gone 17 league games without defeat. The Hedgemen have won five of their last seven on the road.
Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 47 Draws – 15 Brechin City wins – 33
Brechin are unbeaten in their last four visits to Somerset Park. Boss Ray McKinnon’s only taste of defeat as a manager at Ayr came when he was in charge of Lochee United.
Last Meeting: Brechin were the opponents for Ian McCall’s first game in charge on January 10th. Alan Forrest scored a late consolation in a 2-1 defeat at Glebe Park, with Paul McLean and Robert Thomson scoring either side of half-time for the home side. City were 2-0 winner on their last trip to Somerset Park, in October.
On this day: in 1953 Ayr United beat Forfar Athletic 8-1 at Somerset Park. Andy Torrance, featuring as a trialist, scored five goals on what was his only appearance for the club.
Match Officials: Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler
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