On Saturday, Ayr United travel to face Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park, a venue which is far from a happy hunting ground for the Honest Men. Ian McCall’s men, however, will be buoyed by their late equaliser against Peterhead on Tuesday night and face a Dunfermline side that has been struggling in recent weeks.
After a run of three defeats, the Pars held on-form Brechin City to a draw on Tuesday night in a match that saw Josh Falkingham score after just 30 seconds. The point took them above Airdrieonians into fifth position, eight points behind Forfar Athletic in the final promotion play-off spot.
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Ian says: “Theres a good atmosphere about the team at the moment and it was a good sign that they kept going on Tuesday night to ensure we didn’t lose the match. We know on Saturday how difficult it will be, Dunfermline are on a poor run and their fans will be expecting improvements so they will be fired up. They have one of the best squads in the league however we have some confidence back, are creating chances and will have a good support there so we are really looking to it.”
Team news: Martyn Campbell is close to a return, he will play in an under 20 match in the next week. Alan Forrest is also out as he has not fully recovered from tonsillitis.
Form: Ayr have taken 7 points from a possible 12, while Dunfermline have take just one point from their last four games. The Pars have won just twice since United’s last trip to East End Park at the Start of December – in the return fixture at Somerset Park at the end of January and the following week at home to Stenhousemuir
Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 33 Draws – 27 Dunfermline Athletic wins – 49
United are without a win in the last 10 meetings between the sides and have lost on 13 of the last 14 trips to East End Park.
Last Meeting: Dunfermline were the victors when the sides met at Somerset Park on January 31st following second-half goals from Andy Geggan and David Hopkirk. The Pars are looking for the clean sweep against United this season.
On this day: in 1964 Ayr travelled to East End Park in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and were defeated 0-7. In 1981 the sides met at Somerset Park, with the Honest Men winning 2-1.
Match Officials: Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Conner
Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger
Away fans will be situated in the East Stand for Saturday’s match at East End Park.
Tickets will be available at turnstile 10 and 11.
Tickets are priced at: Adults £15, Concessions £10* and under 12s £5
*Concessions are Under 18s, Over 60s, unemployed, disabled and full time students