Brechin City vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 7th November 2015
On Saturday, Ayr United take Scotland’s longest unbeaten run north to face Brechin City. It’s top versus bottom at Glebe Park, with Ian McCall’s side looking to chalk up an twelfth consecutive league match without defeat.
Brechin City started the season under new manager Darren Dods with eight consecutive defeats. They remain at the foot of the table but picked up their third league victory at the weekend in the Angus derby, Andy Jackson scoring the only goal of a game which saw Forfar finish with 9 men at Station Park.
Team News: Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour are both out and aiming for a return against Dunfermline in the cup.
Ian says:” Brechin is always a very difficult place to go. Even more so now that we are top of the league as when you are in that position everyone wants to beat you that bit more. Of course we want to keep our run going and stay at the top of the league and that’s what we will be going there to do. This is where I had my first game in charge of the club and we lost 2-1 so we will be looking for a different result on Saturday. I love that stand behind the goal as our fans can create a great atmosphere in it and I hope they are in there all game making a load of noise.”
Ayr United wins – 49
Draws – 16
Brechin City wins – 33
Saturday will be the 50th meeting of the sides at Glebe Park.
In nine of the last 14 match-ups the home side has scored exactly two goals.
Last Meeting: United and Brechin have already faced each other twice this season, with both games at Somerset Park. City old-boy Gerry McLauchlan opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory in the League Cup, Paddy Boyle adding the second. Two weeks later another former Glebe Park favourite Alan Trouten scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Robert Thomson cancelled out Alan Forrest’s first-half header.
On this day: in 1959 United travelled to Celtic Park and recorded a famous 3-2 victory, completing an Old Firm double that season. Sam McMillan put the Honest Men 2-0 up only for Celtic to level the scores. Jim McGhee netted the winner with six minutes remaining, scoring directly from a corner.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee – Mark Ainslie
Adults – £12
Parent & Child – £15 (plus £2 for each additional school-age child in family party)
Concessions (over 65’s and u18s) – £6