Ayr United vs. Queen’s Park
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 9th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ian McCall’s side will look to make it seven consecutive league wins when Queen’s Park are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men are unbeaten since the start of September and top League 1 by three points.
Opponents Queen’s Park ended a run of five straight defeats last weekend with a 2-1 home win over East Fife. Striker Luke Donnelly netted both goals for Gus MacPherson’s side, who fell behind in the 16th minute. The result, however, was not enough to lift the Spiders off the foot of the table, with Forfar Athletic one point ahead.
Elsewhere in League 1, Raith Rovers travel to face Airdrieonians on Sunday.
Team News: Andy Geggan and Robbie Crawford are ruled out with injury.
Ian says: “We are really looking forward to the game as with Raith playing on Sunday we want to make sure we put the pressure on and do our job by getting the 3 points. There is no doubt it will be a difficult game as Queens Park are better than their league position suggests and they have a top manager. The boys have forged a winning mentality even when they aren’t at their best and that is a great trait to have. We need to be better defensively tomorrow and we have had a really good week training. Defensively we have been really good over this run we have been on however we shouldn’t be conceding two goals at Somerset. The atmosphere was completely different last week compared to the games against Stranraer and Raith so hopefully we can get that great atmosphere back tomorrow.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 43
Draws – 23
Queen’s Park wins – 31
The Spiders have won just once in their last 14 visits to Somerset Park.
Last Meeting: Goals from Jamie Adams and Lawrence Shankland earned United all three points when the sides met at Hampden Park at the end of September.
On this day: in 2006, United made the long trip north to face Peterhead in second round of the Scottish Cup. Goals from David Dunn and Jerome Vareille put the Honest Men into the next round a win that punctuated a run of six straight league defeats.
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Andy Taylor
Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5