Ayr United’s fight for survival looks set to go to the wire but Ian McCall’s men at least have their destiny in their own hands. Peterhead travel to Somerset Park this Saturday for what everyone hopes is this season’s penultimate home fixture. The race to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off spot is between Ayr and Stenhousemuir and the Warriors journey to Greenock this weekend to face Morton.
Peterhead are one place above Ayr but have a 17 point advantage over the Honest Men. The Blue Toon have an outside chance of making the play-offs but are seven points behind fourth placed Brechin City with just 12 points to play for. Jim McInally’s side earned a draw at home to Dunfermline last weekend in a match that saw former United strikers Michael Moffat and Andy Rodgers trade goals.
Read on for our match preview:
Ian says: They are all big games for us now so we are looking forward to it. Hopefully there will be a good crowd in to see the match and get behind us. We want to replicate our last two home performances and if we do that and improve our finishing then we expect to win the game. Peterhead are a good side and the 3-3 game at Somerset could have gone either way however we know we can create chances against them.
Team news: There are no injury concerns.
Form: United are without a win in their last seven matches, drawing three and losing four. Peterhead have taken two points from their last four matches and are without a win in their last six away games.
Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 8 Draws – 8 Peterhead wins – 10
In 11 league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park United have recorded just one victory, back in October 2008. Six of the matches have ended in a draw.
Last Meeting: Peterhead last visited Somerset just a month ago. Nicky Devlin scored his first senior goal to open the scoring after just 3 minutes before Gary McDonald levelled nine minutes later. Craig Beattie controversially put United back in front but goals from Steven Noble and Jordan Brown, in the 87th minute, looked to earn Peterhead the win. That wasn’t the end of the scoring, however, and Jordan Preston netted a vital equaliser just 60 seconds later.
On this day: Ayr United have played 16 fixtures on this date and have a 43.75% win rate.
Match Officials: Referee – Calum Murray
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig King