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Ayr United vs. Falkirk
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 14th January 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Falkirk looking for a long-overdue win. After four wins in six matches between September and October, defeat at home to Dunfermline last time out means Ian McCall’s side has now gone 10 league matches without a win, losing five and drawing five – a run of form which has left the Honest Men in 9th place, two points behind Dumbarton but still seven ahead of bottom side St. Mirren.

Falkirk ended a four-game run without a win with a comprehensive 4-1 victory away to Raith Rovers last weekend. The home side had taken the lead after just 8 minutes but goals from Miles Hippolyte, Bob McHugh and Craig Sibbald gave Falkirk a 3-1 lead at half-time, which Sibbald extended after the break.

The Bairns have just one win in their last five at the Falkirk Stadium, coming against bottom side St. Mirren at the start of the December. The side occupy fourth place in the league table, one point behind Greenock Morton.

Team News: Craig McGuffie and Craig Moore are both out. Ross Docherty is back after suspension.

Ian McCall says: “Probably our best away performance of the season was our first game at Falkirk even though we came away with defeat. We have performed well against them in all the games this season so we have absolutely no fear about going there. I have watched the Dunfermline game back and we are still getting into good positions we have just got to get the ball in the back of the net. We need to defend the way we know we are capable of and take our chances when they come. We know we need to turn things around quickly and we will be approaching every game as a huge one.”

Head-to-Head (league):
Ayr United wins – 43
Draws – 27
Falkirk wins – 51

United’s last win away to the Bairns came in October 2013. An 8th minute Andy Ferguson goal enough in a match played at Ochilview.

Last meeting: Falkirk were narrow 1-0 winners in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset
Park in November, James Craigen scoring early in the first-half. For the Bairns, that avenged
United’s extra-time victory in the Challenge Cup in October. It was 2-0 to the home side on Ayr’s last visit to the Falkirk Stadium.

On this day: five years ago, Ayr also travelled to the Falkirk Stadium where the sides played out a goalless draw. We also met on this day in 1967, with the Bairns winning 1-0 at Somerset Park.
United have recorded three five-goal victories on the 14th January: in 1911, 1928 and 1956.

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Adults – £18
Concessions – £12
Under 18 – £6

Ayr United supporters will be housed in the North Stand, cash gates only.