Dumbarton vs. Ayr United
Saturday 15th October 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United conclude the first quarter of the Championship season with a trip to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium to face Dumbarton. Ian McCall’s men go into the game in good heart after winning through to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup with an extra-time win over Falkirk. It was a second consecutive clean sheet for the Honest Men, who are unbeaten in six of the last seven matches.
Dumbarton’s players had last weekend off as they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Stranraer in the third round. The Sons earned a respectable goalless draw at home to league leaders Queen of the South in their last game, a point which leaves them in ninth place.
Stephen Aitken’s side have just one win this season, at home to Dundee United in the second week of the league campaign.
Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams and Jamie Thomas are unavailable.
Ian says: “This is the last game of the first quarter of matches and we are not afraid of anyone after seeing our performances in the last 7 games. Dumbarton tend to be strong at home so we know it will be a very difficult game. Tuesday night was the best training session I have had with the players since I came to the club, the players are looking fantastic and really confident so we are really looking forward to the game and finishing off the first quarter on a high.”
The Opposition: Dumbarton are competing in the second of tier of Scottish football for the fifth consecutive season after winning promotion in 2012. Former Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken took over as manager of the Sons in May 2015 after Ian Murray departed for St. Mirren, and steered the club to eighth position last season.
Ayr United fans’ favourite Ryan Stevenson was the highest profile addition to the Sons’ playing squad in the summer, joining a number of experienced professionals including defenders Darren Barr and Frazer Wright. Craig Pettigrew is another Ayr fan amongst the Dumbarton ranks, while ‘keeper Alan Martin won promotion with the Honest Men in 2011.
Ayr United wins – 53
Draws – 22
Dumbarton wins – 44
Last meeting: Ayr and Dumbarton have avoided each other in the last five seasons, last meeting in Season 2010/11 when United won three of the four Division 2 fixtures on the way to promotion via the play-offs. The last game between the sides was at the then-named Bet Butler Stadium in April 2011 and saw the Honest Men win 2-0. Alan Trouten and Michael Moffat netted first-half goal, with a Eddie Malone own-goal the only consolation for the Sons. United captain Nicky Devlin featured for the home side.
On this day: in 1960, Ayr defeated Heart of Midlothian 1-0 at Somerset Park, Billy Fulton scoring after just 9 minutes. The Honest Men are unbeaten in their five fixtures on this date stretching back to 1983.
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Menzies
Adult – £18
Concessions – £9
Parent & Child (u12) – £24