A new era begins at Ayr United on Saturday as Ian McCall leads the team first time. The Honest Men are on the road and face fifth placed Brechin City at Glebe Park. On-form Brechin became the first side to win at Station Park this season when they beat Angus rivals Forfar Athletic on Saturday. Jamie Masson and Alan Trouten netted for Ray McKinnon’s side. The same duo were on the scoresheet when United visited Glebe Park in September but Masson has since returned to Aberdeen. Read on for our match preview:
Ian says: “I am hugely looking Forward to Saturday, despite managing well over 500 games this feels like my first game again. I am really excited and its a chance for everyone in this squad to impress me. Theres an imbalance to the squad and changes need to be made and that’s something we are working on continuously. We are strong in midfield and will look to make the most of that. Hopefully we will get good vocal backing from the fans up there and although Brechin are on a great run and we know how difficult it will be we are very much going up there for the win.”
Team news: Peter Murphy and Martyn Campbell are both sidelined through injury. Paul Slane is completing the second match of a two game suspension. Craig Beattie is currently 50/50 to make the game and everyone else is available.
Form: Fans will need no reminder of Ayr’s poor run of form: United are without a win in their last 10 matches, drawing two and losing eight. City are on an 11 match unbeaten run. Saturday is their first home game for a month, when they defeated Annan Athletic in Scottish Cup Fourth Round replay. Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 47 Draws – 15 Brechin City wins – 32 United have won just two of the last 10 fixtures between the sides. Last Meeting: Brechin were 2-0 winners at Somerset Park in October thanks to first-half goals from Robert Thomson and Kyle McAusland. The Honest Men returned victorious from Glebe Park on their last visit, recording a 4-2 win. Scott McLaughlin and Craig Beattie both bagged braces, coming back from 2-1 down after City had Greg Cameron sent-off on the hour mark.
On this day: Alex Williams scored a late equaliser against local rivals Kilmarnock on this date six years ago but United don’t have a good record on January 10th, with just a 15.38% win rate. Their last win came in 1959: a 5-1 away win at Cowdenbeath.
Match Officials: Referee: Mat Northcroft Assistant Referee 1: Graham Stewart Assistant Referee 2: Peter Stuart
Match Info: Admission Adults: £12 Adult Concession (over 65 and u18): £6 Parent & Child: £15 (plus £2 for each additional school-age child)