On Saturday, League 1’s best home record is pitched against its best away record when Ayr United travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic. The Honest Men are one of just two teams to defeat Dick Campbell’s second placed side in the league this season.
Like Ayr, Forfar are without a win in their last five matches. Last weekend they came back from a two goal deficit to lead Angus rivals Brechin City 3-2 before Alan Trouten levelled the scores with eight minutes remaining at Glebe Park.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “Saturday will be a very difficult game, after the first third of the season Forfar have established themselves as one of the favourites for the title so we know how difficult it will be however we need to get some wins and the board and we will take confidence from the fact we have already beaten Forfar this season. We know we have quality going forward and we have worked on eliminating the mistakes at the back.”
Team news: Mark Roberts has added centre-back Adam Cummins on loan from Motherwell. The 21-year old goes straight into the squad for the trip to Forfar. Nicky Devlin, Mikey Donald, Peter Murphy, Kevin McKinlay, Martyn Campbell, Kevin Rutkiewic and Paul Slane are all out.
Head-to-Head (at Station Park):
Ayr United wins – 20
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic wins – 22
Last Meeting: United last visited Station Park in April but went down to a 4-2 defeat, with consolation goals from Michael Moffat and Brian Gilmour. Earlier in the season, a Kevin Kyle goal earned the Honest Men a 1-0 win.
On this day: United have a 62.50% win rate and have lost just one of their last 11 games on this date stretching back to 1952. Our biggest win was on 22nd November 1997 Ayr beat Airdrieonians 6-0 with goals from Laurent D’Jaffo (2), Ian Ferguson, Jim Dick, John Traynor, Tom Smith. Team: Castilla D Castilla; Bowman, Traynor, Robertson, Sonor (Smith); Ciardi (Henderson), Millen, Dick, Watson; D’Jaffo (Graham), Ferguson.
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane
Adults: Stand £13 / Ground £12
Over 65’s and Under 17’s: Stand £7 / Ground £6
The River Cottage bus for Forfar leaves at 10.30am with seats priced at £15. Contact Tam on 07585 328685 for more information and to book.