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Match Preview
Hamilton Academical vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup Group F
Saturday 10th October 2020. Kick-off 3pm

After kicking off the Betfred Cup with five goals on Tuesday night, Ayr United travel to take on Premiership side Hamilton Accies on Saturday in what is sure to be a tougher examination of Mark Kerr’s new look side.

Debut goals for Tom Walsh, Bruce Anderson and Dario Zanatta helped the Honest Men eventually ease to three points against League 2 Albion and the team will be looking to boost  hopes of qualification to the next round with a result against the number one seed.

Also in Group F tomorrow, Annan host Stranraer.

 

Opposition: “I’ve never been this embarrassed”. That was the brutal assessment of Hamilton manager Brian Rice as his side were humbled 3-1 by League 2 side Annan Athletic in their Betfred Cup opener at Galabank on Tuesday night.

Accies made five changes from the side that lost 3-2 at Easter Road on Friday night and again found themselves three goals down on Tuesday night against Peter Murphy’s part-timers.

Accies have picked up seven points from their opening nine Premiership fixtures and have just one point and one goal from their four outings at home so far.

 

Team News: Patrick Reading again misses out after being part of the Scotland U21 squad to face Andorra at Tynecastle on Friday afternoon. Tom Walsh misses out with a knock picked up in the win over Albion.

Mark says: “Tuesday night was a good start for us, we were delighted with the goals we scored and some of the passages of play. On the flip side of that we have several things to work on defensively however we need to remember that we did have two of the back four playing out of position. Hamilton will be a big test for us, they have been playing competitively for a couple of months now and will want to bounce back after Tuesday night. We know that we have lots of quality in the team and are really looking forward to getting back out there.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 54

Draws – 41

Hamilton Academical wins – 58

The sides have met ten times in the League Cup, with United winning five of six home ties but failing to get a result in Hamilton.

Previous Meeting: We faced Hamilton at this stage of the Betfred Cup in the opening match of the 2016/17 season at Somerset Park. In only the second minute of the game, Darian McKinnon was adjudged to have fouled Nicky Devlin in the box and Alan Forrest made no mistake from the penalty spot. Robbie Crawford doubled the Honest Men’s advantage early in the second-half with a fine strike into the top right-hand corner of the net.

A late goal by substitute Danny Redmond was merely a consolation for the visitors in what was a surprisingly comfortable victory over the Premiership club.

Team: Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Murphy, Meggatt; Docherty, Adams (Wardrope), Crawford, Cairney (McGuffie); Gilmour (Johnstone), Forrest.  

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome

Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

Streaming:

The match will be broadcast exclusively live on AcciesTV. Visit to http://ppv.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk to sign up for the coverage which begins at 2pm and costs £15.  

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Bruce is an Honest Man

Mark Kerr has moved to strengthen his attacking options on the eve of the 2020/21 campaign with the signing of striker Bruce Anderson on loan from Aberdeen until the end of the season.

The Manager said: “We are delighted to get this over the line. Bruce is someone we have been very keen on for some time now. He is a proper goalscorer and gets himself into great areas. Derek McInnes rates him very highly and considers him a natural finisher. Bruce has pace, energy and has been really involved in the Aberdeen first team for a couple of years now.”

Anderson, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last month, made his first team debut for the Dons in August 2018 against Rangers, scoring a 92nd minute equaliser to earn a point for his boyhood team. After 16 further appearances for Aberdeen that year, including a goal at Rugby Park in a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock, Bruce headed out on loan to Dunfermline in January 2019 where he scored five goals in 14 games for the Pars in the Championship.

The Banff-born forward, who also enjoyed a spell on loan at Elgin before forcing his way into the first team at Pittodrie, has added a further 20 Premiership, cup and European appearances to his name during last season’s truncated campaign and at the start of this season and moves to Somerset Park in search of regular starts.

Player Update

We can today confirm that Steven Bell has left Ayr United after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Belly felt that due to work and other commitments he just couldn’t give what he would need to play at this level again this season. His job meant that he wouldn’t be able to have the fitness or application that would be required to be an active member of this squad. This is something we have been talking about for a wee while now and he was honest the entire time which meant we were able to plan in advance.”

With 70 appearances for the Club since signing in January 2018, and playing a huge part in the League One Title win later that season he has played a big part in our recent history. Everyone at Ayr United wishes Steven all the very best for the future.

Craig Moore has had a recurrence of Cruciate Ligament Injury. Craig suffered the injury during pre season and was operated on at the end of last week. Craig has been incredibly unlucky with injury recently and unfortunately the likelihood is that he will now miss the majority of this season. Everyone at the Club is fully behind ‘Moorey’ and will be supporting him during his rehabilitation.

Live Streaming Update

With just under two weeks to go until the first competitive match at Somerset Park this season we wanted to provide an update regards to the viewing of matches.

At the moment we have to work under the Government guidelines which means that the start of the season will be played behind closed doors.

Adult, Concession and Child Season ticket holders will receive online access to stream all home league games and buying a season ticket is still the best way to support the club. We would like to thank everyone who has bought a season ticket to date, your support has never been more important. When fans are allowed to return to Somerset Park our Season Ticket Holders will be first in the queue.

Ayr United Media will be streaming our home games and also providing live commentary. Season ticket holders will be able to watch the games with their membership number and full details of how to do this will be provided within plenty of time prior to our first home league match on Saturday October 17.

We are also going to be offering a Pay Per Game service which will begin with the game against Annan at Somerset Park on Tuesday October 13. Only the home club can provide this service and away fans will be more than welcome to purchase the live stream.

The Pay Per Game service will also include league games and start with the opening match against Queen of the South.

Full details of the Pay Per Game service will be released next week.

Albion Rovers and Hamilton have both confirmed to us that they will be streaming our matches with them and we will release full details of how to buy the live stream as soon as we have them.

Season Tickets are on sale now online here and also in our club shop.

Jewson are Club’s new Social Media Sponsor

We are delighted to welcome Jewson on board as the Club’s brand new Social Media Sponsor.

The Jewson branding will be prevalent on all of our key social media posts across all our channels.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”This is something we have been working towards for some time now and it will be a key part of the Club’s progression. Jewson are great supporters of the football club and are based within close proximity of Somerset Park. We are looking forward to a partnership which will move forward past this season and grow year on year. ”

Jewson offer a wide range of supplies for all trades, including building materials, roofing and landscaping. From the everyday essentials to specialist equipment. You will also find kitchen and bathroom showrooms nationwide, as well as specialist Tool Hire. There are branches in Ayr, Prestwick, further afield in Ayrshire and Nationwide. 

Allan Davidson, Regional Director at Jewson, said :”We are absolutely delighted to be the Club’s official Social Media Sponsor for the upcoming season. At Jewson, we are always looking for ways to support the communities we work in, so our partnership with Ayr United is fantastic, as it gives us the chance to do just that. We wish Ayr United every bit of luck for this season and look forward to growing our partnership over the coming year.”

United add Finnish keeper

Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of Viljami Sinisalo on loan from Aston Villa subject to international clearance. The 18 year old, 6 foot 2 goalkeeper has signed a deal to the end of the season.

Viljami is the starting goalkeeper for Villa under 23s and is also a regular for Finland Under 19s.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Villa consider Viljami one of the best of his age, anywhere in Europe. He is extremely highly rated and has been training with the Villa first team for the last year. We have had him up to have a look at him and he has shown us the level of his potential and our goalkeeping coach has been hugely impressed by him.”

United partner with talented artist

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with a talented Ayr United supporting artist, Steven McClure.

Until now Steven has been selling prints of the iconic Somerset Road End turnstiles on his website however these will now be exclusively available in our Club Shop, with 50 percent of all proceeds coming directly to the club.

Steven said: “As someone who’s supported the club since I was a wee boy, it’s always been my dream and ambition to help or be involved in some way.

“Ever since me and my friend, Richard Wilson, used to sell programmes around the ground, I’ve been hooked.

“I still get goosebumps every time I come here and it’s such a fantastic place to be around.

“The entrance to the ground with those turnstiles is a view known to so many and I wanted to capture it with this piece.”

Steven, who is based in Glasgow’s West End, is already working on his second piece – which will pay homage to the Somerset Road End itself.

He said: “In time I’ll look to do every part of the ground and fans can identify with their own part…whether it be they who stood there or their father, or their grandfather before them.”

Prints will be available in sizes A4, A5 and A6 size, which come mounted, signed and are priced £30, £22.50 and £15

Hummel away kit in store now

Our new Hummel away kit has arrived and is on sale now in our Club Shop. Due to the level of Pre Orders we will have no Medium, Large, 3XL and 4XL until later this week.

All internet pre orders will be posted by Wednesday lunchtime at the latest.

Due to Covid19 we have received our away kit much later than we had planned for and it is now likely that we will not receive another order of them prior to Christmas.

Our initial order was a record number for Away kits however pre sales suggest we may struggle to satisfy the initial demand. Our best advice would be to buy early if you are looking to guarantee yours.

Thanks Alasdair & Karen!

The week the Club received a donation of £3659.64 from diehard supporter Alasdair Malcolm.

During lockdown Alasdair and his daughter Karen came up with an idea of branded face masks to keep supporters safe.

Our fans purchased nearly 1000 masks which led to the amazing donation.

Masks were sourced from a supplier down south and Alasdair and Karen set about hand delivering hundreds to local supporters.

Everyone at Ayr United would like to thank both Alasdair and Karen for their efforts, it is greatly appreciated during these tough times.