On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Peterhead looking to make it two wins in-a-row for the first time since August. The Honest Men’s comprehensive victory at Stirling Albion last weekend was their first in 120 days and saw them climb out of the relegation play-off place at the expensive of Stenhousemuir, who host Airdrie.
Peterhead made the long journey to Stranraer last weekend but returned north empty handed after a 2-0 defeat. The result leaves Jim McInally’s side in sixth position, 11 points ahead of Ayr having played a game less.
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Ian says: “Its a long way to travel to Peterhead and we know it will be a tough game as they are a good side, especially at home however we have got some much needed confidence after last weeks win. The training has been a really high tempo for a few weeks now and the atmosphere is getting better all the time. Every game is a big game for us just now. We have pace in the team now, especially going forward and we are creating more chances.”
Team news: Martyn Campbell and Peter Murphy will miss the match through injury. Brian Gilmour comes back into the squad after suspension and Scott McKenna is added to the squad after his loan signing on Thursday
Form: Ayr United have won one game in-a-row!
Peterhead have lost their last two matches, on the road at Forfar and Stranraer. Prior to that they had taken 13 points from a possible 15. The Blue Toon have lost just four of their last 31 league games at Balmoor.
Head-to-Head (League) Ayr United wins – 5 Draws – 7 Peterhead wins – 10
United have beaten Peterhead just once in 11 league matches between the sides at Somerset but have avoided defeat in majority of league games at Balmoor.
Last Meeting: The last meeting between the sides in November has been struck from the record books after fielding Reece Donaldson while suspended. Rory McAllister scored a hat-trick at Somerset Park but misses Saturday’s game through suspension following his red card a fortnight ago.
In October, Peterhead were 2-0 winners at home thanks to second-half goals from Jamie Stevenson and Ryan Strachan.
On this day: in 1981 Ayr United beat Clydebank 4-1 at Somerset Park. The Honest Men have a 46.15% win rate on the 21st February.
Match Officials: Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Scott Millar
Assistant Referee 2 – Thomas Shaw
Adults – Ground £12, Stand £14
Under 16s – Ground £6, Stand £8
Under 12s – Free
Tickets must be purchased prior to kick-off from the ticket office in the Main Stand. No cash turnstiles.