Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dunfermline
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 12th March 2016. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, league leaders Dunfermline visit Somerset Park looking to protect their 11 point advantage at the top of the table. The match pitches the division’s best home record against its best away record; Ayr have just lost twice at home in the league this season while Dunfermline have been defeated just once away from home – at Peterhead in August.

While the Honest Men were chalking up a second successive 4-1 home win on Tuesday night, Allan Johnston’s side endured a frustrating night being held 1-1 by Albion Rovers at East End Park, the result ending a run of five wins in a row.

Team News: Everyone in the squad is fit and available.

Ian says:”We are in good form winning four of our last five games. The result and performance at Brechin was disappointing however other than that has been good and we are scoring goals. To try and give ourselves even an outside chance of catching Dunfermline we need to win this game and we will certainly be trying to do that. We have a full squad available and we know that we are capable of winning games so we want to go on a good run. Dunfermline are a good side there’s no doubt about that so it should be a cracking game. Hopefully the fans will get right behind us.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 15
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 20

Saturday will be the 93rd league meeting between the two sides, Dunfermline have won nine of the last 12 matches.
Last Meeting: It is 28 days since United took a two goal lead against the Pars at East End Park but, following Brian Gilmour’s red card, the home side went on to record a 3-2 victory, their third over Ayr this season.

On this day: 22 years ago Dunfermline were 4-0 winners at Somerset Park. Unfortunately for the Pars, they missed out on promotion to the Premier League that season with rivals Falkirk pipping them by just one point. Ayr avoided becoming one of five teams relegated from the league as reconstruction saw the introduction of four divisions of 10 teams, despite taking just two points from their final four games. Most recently in 2011, Ayr beat Alloa Athletic 1-0 also at Somerset Park courtesy of a Ryan McCann goal on the stroke of half-time.

Match Officials:
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram

Admission: £15 adults, £8 concessions, £18 parent and child. Dunfermline supporters (adult only) can gain access for £13 by producing their 2015/16 season ticket.