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Brechin City vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 5th March 2016. Kick-off 3pm

Ian McCall takes charge of his 50th match as Ayr United manager on Saturday – at the same venue as his first game in January 2015. United make the trip to Brechin looking for four consecutive league wins in a single season for the first time since 2008. It is a sign of the progress made under McCall that the Honest Men’s points total this season (49) is almost double that at the same stage last year (26).

Tenth placed Brechin City gave their survival hopes a huge boost on Tuesday night when they thumped Angus rivals Forfar Athletic 4-0, ending a run of eight games without a win. The home win closed the gap on the ninth placed Loons to four points, albeit Gary Bollan’s side have a game in hand.

Among the goals in midweek was Liam Watt, signed on loan from Airdrie in January. The forward has three goals in two games for the Hedgemen and scored against Ayr for the Diamonds in September. Also on scoresheet was 40 year old player-manager Darren Dods.

Team News: Andy Graham took a knock in Tuesdays game so he will sit this one out however he will be fine for Tuesday night. Jamie Adams is back in the squad. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “The league table is irrelevant for this match. The fact that Brechin are bottom doesn’t make it an easy game. Every single game up there is tough and Saturday will be no different. They had a great result midweek and will have their tails up. We have won 3 games in a row and we want to keep winning to put pressure on the teams above us, all we can do is win our games and see what happens.”

Head-to-Head (Glebe Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 8
Brechin City wins – 20

The Honest Men have scored in each of their last eight visits to Glebe Park but have picked up just two wins.
Last Meeting: Saturday will be the fifth meeting of the sides this season. United have three wins over Brechin at Somerset Park, 2-0 in the League Cup and 2-1 in both league fixtures, most recently on Boxing Day when Alan Forrest and Craig Moore scored early goals. United’s last trip to the Hedge in November ended in a 1-1 draw, Jamie Adams scoring the Ayr goal.

On this day: in 2013, Ayr faced Brechin at Somerset Park. Liam Buchanan for the home side cancelled out Ewan Moyes opener but Graham Hay’s 75th minute goal earned City all three points. Two years previously, United travelled to the Excelsior Stadium on 5th March and thumped Airdrie 5-0 with goals from Paul Willis, Mark Roberts, Michael Moffatt (his first for the club), Scott McLaughlin and Andy Rodgers.

Match Officials:
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

Adults: £12
Parent & Child: £15 (plus £2 for each additional school-age child)
ConcessionS (over 65’s and under-18’s): £6