Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Saturday 4th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United kick off the new decade with a trip to face Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. With three teams – including tomorrow’s hosts – just three points behind fouth placed United, Mark Kerr’s side are in need of a win to boost their promotion play-off credentials.
Dundee’s point in the recent Dundee derby saw them climb into third spot, a point ahead of the Honest Men while second-placed Inverness have a four point advantage.
Opponents: After three wins on the bounce – including a 5-1 thumping of Partick Thistle and narrow win over Ayr – Dunfermline have lost their last three games; at Dundee and Inverness and most recently at home to Alloa Athletic. Kevin Nisbit’s 20th goal of the season – and 13th in the last 10 games – quickly put the Pars back on level terms with the Wasps after Adam Brown’s opener but a Kevin O’Hara goal and Iain Flannigan penalty gave the bottom side a much needed win.
Team News:. Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch miss out with injury.
Mark says: “We need to get a consistency in terms of performance and there is no doubt the squad is looking stronger at the moment so we need to turn that into results. The pitch at Dunfermline will suit us and we will look to be more clinical in the final third.”
Ayr United: LDWLL
Dunfermline Athletic: WWLLL
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 37
Draws – 30
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 58
Dunfermline have won both previous meetings between the sides this season by a single goal. In October, the Pars edged out the Honest Men at East End Park in a five goal thriller. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring but the sides went into half-time level after Lee Ashcroft inadvertently diverted the ball past keeper Cammy Gill. A fine Alan Forrest strike put Ayr into the lead but a spectacular Ashcroft volley and Andy Ryan goal handed Stevie Crawford’s side the victory.
At the start of December, a Kevin Nisbit goal was enough to give Dunfermline all three points at Somerset Park.
Referee – Mike Roncone
Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram
Adult – £20
Concessions – £14 (Over 65s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed)
U12’s – £6