Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Saturday 16th March 2019. 3pm kick off
On Saturday, the Honest Men return to Somerset Park looking to underline their promotion play-off credentials by getting back to winning ways against Queen of the South. United have suffered three league defeats in-a-row for the first time in two years and with just two wins in 12 have seen Dunfermline and Inverness close the gap as the race for the play-off positions hots up.
The Opposition: Queen of the South find themselves sliding towards a relegation battle after seven consecutive defeats in the Championship. The Doonhamers have scored just two goals since Stephen Dobbie’s hat-trick saw them defeat Dundee in a Scottish Cup replay at Palmerston at the end of January. Saturday’s 2-0 reverse at home to Inverness was a third straight match without finding the back of the net after 1-0 defeats at Morton and Dunfermline.
Queen’s run of results means they have dropped to seventh place in the league table, just four points above bottom side Alloa Athletic, with much-improved Falkirk and Partick Thistle having closing in on Gary Naysmith’s side.
Former Ayr United goalkeeper Alan Martin was forced off at half-time against Inverness last weekend and is expected to miss Saturday’s game with a back injury while Josh Todd, Jordan Marshall and Nicky Low are also injury doubts. Prolific goalscorer Stephen Dobbie is without a goal in his last five games but has seven goals in seven appearances for the Doonhamers against Ayr.
Ayr United – WDLLL
Queen of the South – LLLLL
Team News: Alan Forrest comes into the squad, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan miss out with injury but should be available for the Dunfermline game.
Ian says: “We are on a bad run at the moment, we are fully aware of that and of course all our aims at the start of the season have completely changed. Our aim now is to make the play offs and get back on a good run of form starting tomorrow. We are not looking any further ahead than tomorrow but we know if we can get a win it could spark a good run of form. It will be great to see Alan Forrest back in the squad, he could be crucial for us in this final quarter of the season.”
Head to Head (league games at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 14
Draws – 8
Queen of the South wins – 14
United have just one win in the last 14 matches between the sides.
Last Match: The last two meetings between the sides this season have ended 1-1, at the end of December at Palmerston and at Somerset Park in November.
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie Cockburn
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Anderson
Adults – £17
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £11
Under 18s – £6