Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th March 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
On Saturday, league leaders Ayr United return to Angus to face Forfar Athletic at Station Park. Ian McCall’s side battled Arbroath – and the elements – to earn a point on Wednesday night at Gayfield which saw them overtake Raith Rovers on goal difference at the top of the table. With the Kirkcaldy side not playing until Sunday, United have the opportunity to open up a three point advantage with a win against the Loons.
The Honest Men were given a helping hand by Forfar during the week when Jim Weir’s side defeated Raith 2-1. That result saw Forfar climb out the bottom two as they attempt to stave of the threat of relegation. Their previous home game was their biggest of the season – a 5-1 demolition of Stranraer – while in between those two result they drew at Queen’s Park and lost at Arbroath.
Former United defender Eddie Malone will miss the game through suspension.
Team News: Jamie Adams will miss out and will be back for Tuesday at Albion Rovers. Paddy Boyle should be able to play after missing Wednesdays match at Arbroath.
Ian says: “Every single match at this stage of the season is very difficult. Wednesday night was crazy conditions with the wind as strong as it was so hopefully this match will be played in better conditions. Forfar are in much better form now and of course they had a good result during the week so they will be full of confidence. We will look to utilise the squad over the next few games so it is great to have a very strong looking bench.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 52
Draws – 16
Arbroath wins – 28
October’s 5-0 win over Forfar Athletic was our biggest win at Station Park since February 1985.
Last Meeting: The Loons shocked the Honest Men at Somerset Park when the sides last met, at the end of December. Michael Moffat’s goal on the stroke of half-time and Lawrence Shankland’s strike in the 67th minute put United into a seemingly comfortable lead only for goals by Jordan Hornby and a Matthew Aitken double gave the the visitors all three points.
Earlier in the season, United had netted eight goals with no reply over the two fixtures between the sides.
On this day: in 2002, United played Rangers in the League Cup final, eventually losing out 4-0 to the Ibrox side.
Referee – Kevin Graham
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Fillippo Mazzoni
Adult – £12
Concession (u17 and 65+) – £6
Additional £1 for stand