Hamilton - Match Preview
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to New Douglas Park to take on Hamilton Academical in the cinch Championship. Both sides have four points after five games, with Ayr sitting in seventh place in the table and Hamilton ninth.
The Honest Men will be looking for a third consecutive victory after recording a first league win last weekend at home to Dunfermline and defeating Rangers B 3-0 on Tuesday night in the SPFL Trust Trophy. United haven’t won back-to-back league games since January 2020.
Hamilton have found adjusting to life in the Championship difficult after their seven year spell in the top flight came to an end in the summer. Manager Brian Rice resigned after just two league matches, a remarkable 4-4 draw away to Raith Rovers and a 1-0 defeat at home to Greenock Morton.
New boss Stuart Taylor guided Accies to their first league win shortly after his appointment in August, with Lewis Smith grabbing the winner in a 2-1 win versus Queen of the South at Palmerston Park. After eventually overcoming Hearts B in the SPFL Trust Trophy, they were undone by Arbroath last weekend. Scott Stewart netted on the stroke of half-time for the Red Lichties at Gayfield, with Dick Campbell’s side going on to win 4-0, adding two late goals after the Accies’ Jamie Hamilton was sent-off in the 72nd minute.
Nick McAllister and Michael Hewitt miss out through injury.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins - 47
Draws - 39
Hamilton Accies wins - 53
Saturday is the first league meeting between the sides since the 2011/12 season. The four matches between the sides that season saw 17 goals in total, United’s one victory coming in a 3-2 win at Hamilton in October 2011. A last-minute Chris Smith header gave Ayr all three points despite Accies leading 2-0 at half-time. Michael Moffat and John Robertson levelled the scores before Smith’s winner.
The sides met in July in the group stage of the Premier Sports Cup. A first-half strike from Cameron Salkeld earned United a vital three points which saw them ultimately progress as group winners.
Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1 – Jonathan Bell
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney
Adults - £20
Under 18s & Over 65s - £10
Tickets are available to buy online using Hamilton’s new ticketing system, Fanbase. Visit https://app.fanbaseclub.com/club/hamilton-academicals-fc, register and complete your purchase.
You can then view your ticket straight away, both within the wallet section of your Fanbase account (found at the bottom of the screen) and in your email confirmation. At the turnstiles, the QR code will be scanned to allow access to the stadium.
If you have any queries or if you need support with your purchase, please contact Fanbase at email@example.com
Supporters will also be able to pay at the gate.
Saturday’s game will be streamed live online by Accies TV. Visit the following link to purchase your pay per view pass for £10: https://ppv.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk/
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