Ayr United’s search for a win continues when they entertain Dunfermline Athletic at Somerset Park on Saturday. The Honest Men have drawn their last two matches 1-1 but a looking for three points in their battle to avoid relegation.
Dunfermline started the season as title favourites but currently find themselves outside the promotion play-offs in fifth place, four points adrift of forth placed Brechin City. John Potter is looking for his first win in charge after succeeding Jim Jefferies in mid-December and went down 2-0 away to Greenock Morton last weekend.
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Ian says: “I really felt we played well last week. We didn’t have a huge cutting edge however up to 20 yards out a lot of our play was very good. Dunfermline are a good side with some top players and are looking for the playoffs as a minimum however they aren’t on a good run at the moment and we have had them watched. I’m hoping for a few more on the gate and that there’s an atmosphere behind that goal. We have certainly steadied the ship to an extent however we need to turn draws into wins and at home in this league we will look to try and win every game”
Team news: Martyn Campbell is out. Peter Murphy is also ruled out however we are hoping he will join next weeks squad.
United are without a win in their last 14 matches (included the Peterhead match subsequently deemed void), the club’s worst run since 1978.
Dunfermline are without a victory in their last seven matches. The Pars have taken just two points from a possible 15 on the road since narrowly winning at Somerset Park in October.
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 22 Draws – 15 Dunfermline Athletic wins – 17
United are without a win the last nine meetings between the sides.
Last Meeting: There were four goals in 11 first-half minutes when the sides met at East End Park at the start of January, three of them for the Pars. A goal apiece in the second-half meant the final score was 4-2.
On this day: in 1931, Ayr United beat Murrayfield Amateurs 1-0 in the second round of the Scottish Cup. More recently, United drew 2-2 with Raith Rovers at Somerset Park in 2009. Mark Campbell opened the scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute and Rovers were 2-up after 9 minutes but an Iain Davidson own goal and a equaliser from Scott Agnew levelled the scores.
Saturday’s game is the Honest Men’s 500th in the month of January, the first being a 5-1 win over Galston in the Ayrshire League in 1911. We have won 200, drawn 115 and lost 184 of the previous 499.
Match Officials: Referee: Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Banks Assistant Referee 2: Kevin McElhinney
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate