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Cowdenbeath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 16th January 2016

After a weekend without a game, Ayr United return to action on Saturday when Cowdenbeath are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men have lost five of their last six games in all competitions but remain in second position in the table, five points clear of Peterhead in third and will be looking to use home advantage to earn all three points.

Cowdenbeath were in action at the weekend, making the trip to Ibrox to face Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday. There was to be no shock, however, as the Light Blues eased to a 5-1 win over the Blue Brazil. Cowden’s win over Ayr 17 days ago was their fourth-a-row but they have since lost 2-1 in Fife Derby at Dunfermline. They occupy seventh position in the league table, four points off the promotion play-off spots.

Colin Nish has moved to strengthen his squad in recent weeks, adding goalkeepers Alin Roman and Grant Adams, Partick Thistle youngster David McDaid but have lost striker Gordon Smith and influential on-loan Rangers midfielder Andy Murdoch. Cowdenbeath have also been linked with striker Ross Caldwell following his departure from Somerset Park.

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 5
Cowdenbeath wins – 11

United have outscored the Blue Brazil 119-54 in home games against the sides.

Last Meeting: honours are even between the sides this season. Cowdenbeath were defeated 5-0 on their last trip to Somerset Park in October. Jordan Preston netted less than 60 seconds into the game and Alan Forrest, Gerry McLauchan, Brian Gilmour and Craig Moore were also on the scoresheet.

There was another early goal for the Honest Men when the sides met at Central Park at the end of December but Colin Nish’s side responded to Ross Caldwell’s 2nd minute opener with three first-half goals. Jordan Preston made it 3-2 on hour mark but it was only consolation, with the Blue Brazil going on to win 4-2.

On this day: United’s last match on this date was a Scottish Cup replay against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, broadcast live on Sky Sports on Monday night ten years ago. Goalkeeper Mark McGeown was sent-off after 35 minutes and the Highlanders put two goals past Eric Phillips to knock United out of the competition.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee – Steven Strang

Match Details: Adults £15, Concessions £8 & Adult/Child gate £18.