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Cowdenbeath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 7.45pm

Ayr United travel to Fife tonight (Tuesday) to take on Cowdenbeath in the rearranged League 1 fixture at Central Park. A win for Ian McCall’s men will see them close the gap to leaders Dunfermline to three points going into the New Year.

While United battled Brechin City – and the elements – on Saturday, the Blue Brazil were inactive after their home fixture versus Albion Rovers fell foul to a waterlogged pitch. Colin Nish’s side occupy seventh position in the table but have won their last three matches. Last time out, Cowdenbeath comprehensively defeated Airdrieonians 3-0 at home, where they have lost just once this season in the league – against Stranraer in August and only after a last minute Craig Malcolm penalty.

Greig Spence is likely to be the home side’s dangerman. The former Alloa, Raith and Hamilton striker has 11 goals in 21 games this season. Cowden travel to Dunfermline in the league and Rangers in the Scottish Cup before the coming to Somerset Park on January 16th

Team News: Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty, Brian Gilmour, Paddy Boyle and Craig Moore are all out.

Ian says: “We beat them comfortably at Somerset earlier in the season however they are a different team at Central Park where they have an excellent record. This is the kind of game where we might need to play a bit differently to try and get the result. We are stretched with injuries just now however the 11 starting are all more than capable and we are looking forward to the game.”

Head-to-Head (at Central Park):
Ayr United wins – 15
Draws – 12
Cowdenbeath wins – 21

United’s last win away to Cowdenbeath came in April 1993. The Honest Men have lost 3 and drawn 2 in the five games since.

Last Meeting: Jordan Preston scored after just 29 seconds when the sides met at Somerset Park in October. Further goals from Alan Forrest, Gerry McLauchlan, Brian Gilmour and Craig Moore gave United a comprehensive 5-0 victory.
On this day: United have a 33% win rate on this day, with their last win coming against Raith Rovers in 2001. Goals in the 81st, 85th (Eddie Annand) and 87th (Pat McGinlay) minutes earned a 3-1 victory after the Fifers took the lead with 15 minutes to go.
Match Officials:
Referee – George Salmond
Assistant Referee – Raymond Whyte
Assistant Referee – Scott Leslie

Match Details:
Gate prices:
Adults – £14
OAP (65 and over) – £7
Youths (under 16) – £7
Students – £7
Adult & child – £15 with 1 child (12 and under)/£16 with 2 children (12 and under)