Ayr United return to Somerset Park after four consecutive games on the road – and four defeats. The Honest Men last home game saw them draw with Championship side Alloa but its six matches since Ayr recorded a home win.
Stenhousemuir were defeated 2-0 at home to Forfar Athletic last weekend and have lost five of their last six games. Scott Booth’s side occupy ninth position in the league table, two points behind Ayr. The Warriors have picked up just three points from seven league matches on the road this season, scoring five goals.
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Marko says: “We are under pressure on Saturday and we know it however there is nothing wrong with pressure, we want to play with an intensity that shows our desire to get the three points. We are all embarrassed by this run of form and collectively we will come out of it better and that starts on Saturday. Back to back home games gives us a chance for six points and that would make a huge difference to everyone. I know we are going to come out of this bad spell, we have the players to start climbing the table and that starts tomorrow. No one is complaining about the criticism we have had, this run of results deserves criticism. We know the only way to turn it around is to win games starting now.”
Team news: Peter Murphy is very doubtful with the back problem that kept him out of Saturdays game at Dunfermline. Paul Slane is also a doubt with a knock picked up in training.
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 25 Draws – 6 Stenhousemuir wins – 9
There have only been 15 draws in the 80 matches between the sides but five of the last nine games have ended 1-1.
Last Meeting: Honours were even when the sides met earlier in the season at Ochilview. Ryan Donnelly opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Martin Grehan levelled for the Warriors 14 minutes later. Stenny’s last visit to Somerset Park saw them depart with a 3-2 victory in dramatic fashion after Sean Higgins scored in the 87th and 90th minute.
On this day: United’s last match on this date was versus Alloa Athletic in 2008. Goals from Scott Agnew and a late Alex Williams double earned the Honest Men a 3-0 win at Somerset Park. The visitors had defender Scot Buist sent-off on the hour mark. Ayr lined-up: Grindlay, Dempsie (Aitken), Campbell, Walker, Easton; Borris (Weaver), Agnew, Stevenson, Keenan; Prunty, Gormley (Williams)
Match Officials: Referee: Des Roache
Assistant Referee 1: Mark McLean Assistant Referee 2: David Dunne
Adults – £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8
Parent & Child Gate – £18