Ayr United make the 51 mile trip down to the A77 on Saturday to face Stranraer. Mark Robert’s side have the division’s best record on the road, with 10 points from 5 games but will need to improve on a run of form that has seen the Honest Men lose four of their last five league matches
On form Stranraer’s only defeat in their last 10 games came on penalties against Livingston in the Challenge Cup. The Blues progressed to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Peterhead. A 5-0 win over the same opponents five day previously propelled Stephen Aitken’s side into fourth spot, one point ahead of Ayr.
Marko says: ‘Its always a difficult game going down to Stranraer and even more so this time with the run of form they are in however we are very confident as we take down there the leagues best away record. Peterhead was our only loss away from home so we know that despite a few injuries we are taking a lot of quality there with us.’
Team news: Martyn Campbell, Kevin McKinlay, Robbie Crawford and Mikey Donald are all out for Saturdays match. Brian Gilmour and Craig Beattie are doubtful.
Head-to-Head (at Stair Park): Ayr United wins – 21 Draws – 4 Stranraer wins – 14
Stranraer need three more goals to reach the landmark of 100 against Ayr United. The Honest Men have netted 171 times in return.
Last Meeting: The sides last at Somerset Park 56 days ago when Stranraer recorded a 2-0 win with second-half goals from Grant Gallagher and Jamie Longworth. United were defeated 4-0 on their last trip to Stair Park in January.
- Stranraer striker Jamie Longworth is the leading goalscorer in League 1 with 7 goals. In all competitions the 27 year old has netted 9 times, 8 of which have come in his last 9 games.
- Seven of Stranraer’s last nine games have been away from home. Their only home game since the 27th September was a 5-0 win over Peterhead, over a month later.
On this day: Ayr’s last match on 8th November was also against Stranraer. The match at Somerset Park ended 3-2 to United, with David Gormley, Bryan Prunty and Willie Easton on the scoresheet. The Honest Men’s biggest win on this date came in 1958 when Dundee United were defeated 6-2.
Match Officials: Referee: Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie Assistant Referee 2: Colin McAlpine
Adults – £13
Concessions – £7
Under 16s – £5
AT the moment the A77 is closed and all traffic is being diverted through the A713 to Castle Douglas which is adding 45 minutes to an hour onto journeys. The road may be opened by Saturday morning however we advise to keep an eye on http://trafficscotland.org/ for updates.
The River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club are running a bus leaving at 11.45am and costing £10. Contact Jamie on 07792747354 or Tam on 07585328685 to book or for further details