Match Preview v Dunfermline

On Friday night, Ayr United take on Dunfermline Athletic under the floodlights at Somerset Park. Mark Roberts’s side is looking to bounce back from two defeats in-a-row at home and three defeats in their last four games.

Title-favourites Dunfermline have won five of their last six league games and occupy second place in the table, three points ahead of Ayr but one behind leaders Forfar Athletic. The match marks the return of Michael Moffat. The 29-year old striker scored 68 goals in 3½ years with the Honest Men.

Read on for our match preview:

Team News: Peter Murphy and Martyn Campbell are both very doubtful and will face late fitness tests. Everyone else in the squad is fit.

Marko says: “This game on Friday will be a great game for us to play in, a first Friday night fixture under the lights at Somerset Park in front of what should be a good crowd. After two home defeats in a row the boys have been working hard to make sure we turn that around. We want to make it as uncomfortable as possible for Dunfermline. They are the league favourites for a reason and its highly likely that if anyone finishes above them they will be winning the league.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 15
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 16

United are without a win in the last seven meetings between the sides, losing five.

Last Meeting: The final league meeting between Ayr and Dunfermline last season was in April and ended one-all at Somerset Park. Alan Forrest netted for the Honest Men.

Stats:
– 36 of Michael Moffat’s 68 Ayr United goals were scored at Somerset Park.
– Ayr have three more points and twice as many wins as they did at the same stage last season.
– The Honest Men have three wins out of three against sides in the top half of the table.

On this day: Remarkably, the last two fixtures Ayr United have played on 10th October have also been against Dunfermline Athletic. In 2009 the Pars won 3-1 at East End Park. Previous to this, it was United who were winners, by the same scoreline at the same venue back in 1992. In 13 fixtures on this date the Honest Men have drawn just once.

Match Officials:
Referee: Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2: Colin Pensom

Match Info: Adults £15, Concessions (OAPs, Under16s and students) £8 and parent & child gate £18