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.
Referee – Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle
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.