Hamilton | Match Preview
Friday night football returns to Somerset Park this week as Ayr United play host to Hamilton Academical in a vital game under the floodlights and in front of the BBC cameras. The clubs are separated by just two points and a win would see United leapfrog Accies into sixth place.
The Honest Men come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw away to Morton. Steven Bradley and Tomi Adeloye looked to have won the game for United but Morton frontman Gozie Ugwu, who also opened the scoring for the hosts, found a late equaliser to grab a point for his side. Jim Duffy was left frustrated by the final result but will be encouraged by Adeloye finding a route to goal again. Last weekend’s strike was the number 9’s first goal since sealing a win away to Hamilton back in September and the fans favourite will be hoping to recapture his early season form.
Following relegation from the topflight, Hamilton have struggled to find form in the Championship and currently lie in sixth place in the division – some 12 points behind Arbroath. However, Accies come into the game on the back of an important 1-0 win at home to Dunfermline last weekend after being dumped out of two cup competitions in the space of a week, including a defeat to local junior side, Auchinleck Talbot.
Aidan McAdams misses out as he serves the second of his two-match suspension and Michael Hewitt remains side-lined as he continues his recovery from surgery.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 39
Hamilton Accies wins – 53
United welcome Hamilton to Somerset Park for the first time in league action since a 2-2 draw in January 2012. Goals from Adam Dodd and Eddie Malone had Ayr 2-0 up at the break before Accies fought back through goals from Greig Spence and Daniel Redmond.
The two sides last met back in September as Ayr United earned a hard fought 2-0 victory through second half strikes from Steven Bradley and Tomi Adeloye. As Hamilton started the game brighter, Ayr held their own and capitalised on a much stronger second half performance to head home with all three points in Duffy’s third game as interim manager.
Ayr lined up: Albinson, Houston (Fjortoft 45’), Baird, McGinty, Reading, Murdoch, Muirhead, Chalmers, Bradley (Salkeld 89’), Adeloye (Moffat 85’), O’Connor.
Referee – Craig Napier
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – Barry Reid
Fourth Official – Barry Cook
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