On Saturday, Ayr United look to end a run of four straight league defeats at home when Peterhead are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men dropped to sixth in the table on Tuesday night following Brechin City’s 2-1 win over Stirling Albion and are level on points with seventh placed Peterhead.
A late Jamie Stevenson goal at Balmoor earned Jim McInally’s side a point against Dunfermline last weekend, helping the Blue Toon bounce back from consecutive defeats to Stranraer, including a 5-0 reverse at Stair Park in their last away game.
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Marko says: “After the result and performance on Tuesday night we left the players under no illusions about our feelings. Yes we had a weakened team however the performance level was way below what it should have been. The injury situation has worsened from last week however we aren’t going to use that as an excuse, its an opportunity for boys to come in and take the chance and make the jersey their own. Looking at the other fixtures this weekend if we win on Saturday we will be right in amongst things again and that’s a huge motivation for everyone.”
Team news: Nicky Devlin, Martyn Campbell, Peter Murphy, Kevin McKinlay, Mikey Donald and Robbie Crawford are all out. Scott McLaughlin is doubtful. Dale Keenan has joined from Partick Thistle on a 28 day loan.
Head-to-Head: Ayr United wins – 8 Draws – 7 Peterhead wins – 9
United have won just one of the 10 league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park. The last three games have ended in a draw.
Last Meeting: Peterhead’s last trip to Ayrshire was in March 2009. The Blue Toon ended the game with 9 men but the game ended goalless.
– Peterhead have the worst disciplinary record in the division, having picked up 5 red cards and 38 yellows in 12 games. United are the only League 1 side not to have a man sent-off this season.
– Rory McAllister is the Blue Toon’s top goalscorer this season with five goals. The former Brechin City striker has scored 85 goals in 132 appearances for the Aberdeenshire side.
On this day: Ayr’s last fixture played on 15th November was in 2008, a 3-0 victory versus Queen’s Park at Hampden. Bryan Prunty scored all three for the Honest Men. United’s last home game on this date was a 1-0 win over Clydebank in 1980.
Match Officials: Referee: Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Hilland Assistant Referee 2: Kevin McElhinney
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate