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Falkirk vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Friday 8th March 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm

On Friday night, Ayr United return to action when they travel to the Falkirk Stadium looking to get back to winning ways against a Falkirk side fighting for Championship survival. It is another televised game for the Honest Men following last Tuesday’s five-goal thriller against Ross County. While Ian McCall’s side came away empty-handed from the Highlands, a battling performance against the league leaders should put United in good heart for the final 10 games of the season.  

Elsewhere in the Championship this weekend, Ross County are at home to Morton; Dundee United take on Partick Thistle at Firhill and fourth placed Dunfermline Athletic, now just six points behind United, are away to Alloa Athletic.  

The Opposition: Falkirk find themselves on a seven match unbeaten run which began with their 1-0 win at Somerset Park at the beginning of January. It’s a second consecutive Friday night fixture for the Bairns, who were involved in a 1-1 draw at Cappielow seven days ago where Zak Rudden cancelled out Morton’s opener with his 11th goal in 22 appearances this season.

Falkirk have picked up half of their league points tally of 26 since the turn of the year and have climbed out of the bottom two places in the league table, one point above bottom side Partick Thistle and ahead of Alloa Athletic on goal difference. Their home record, however, remains the worst in the Championship, with just one league win at the Falkirk Stadium all season while no side has a better away record than the Honest Men.

League Form:

Ayr United – LWDLL

Falkirk – DWWDD

Team News:  Andy Geggan, Alan Forrest, Steven Bell and Craig Moore miss out through injury.

Ian says: “It will only take a few wins in a row to change the look of the league table, Dunfermline are the exact proof of that. It was a tough loss to take in Dingwall, we merited a draw for sure and the players showed great character to come back twice. Falkirk have been in great form in 2019 however we have won there already this season and will be going there with confidence. Our injury situation is clearing up and Mark Kerr and Declan McDaid got game time under their belt in Sundays reserve cup final.”

Head to Head (league):

Ayr United wins – 45

Draws – 28

Falkirk wins – 53

Last Match: Zak Rudden scored the only goal of the game at Somerset Park in January and it was also 1-0 to the away side when the two teams met at the Falkirk Stadium in November – Craig Moore netting the vital strike. The first meeting of the season was a more entertaining affair, United roaring back from two goals down at half-time to win 3-2 with Lawrence Shankland, Andy Geggan and a Leo Fasan own-goal on the scoresheet.  

Match Officials:

Referee – Alan Muir

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Euan Birch

Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £13

Under 18s – £7

Under 12s – Free

We thank you for travelling to support the team.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment. 

We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead either Club or individuals facing charges.

All Scottish grounds have a searching policy as a condition of entry. 

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from football stadiums.

 Copies of Ayr United’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found on our website.  https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you and enjoy the game.