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Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers
Ladbrokes Championship

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Kick-off 7.45pm
On Tuesday night, Ayr United head east to face Raith Rovers at Starks Park. United will be looking to get back to winning ways after three league defeats in-a-row. It was a former Rovers player, James Craigen, who netted the only goal of the game for visitors Falkirk at Somerset Park on Saturday, although Ian McCall’s were unlucky not to take something from the game.

Raith come into the game on the back of consecutive goalless draws, away to Dunfermline and Dumbarton, results which have extended Gary Locke’s side’s unbeaten run to five games. The Rovers can climb to third in the table with a win.

Team News:Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Brian Gilmour are out.
Ian says:”We were really unfortunate to come away with nothing from Saturday’s match. We got into some great positions and on another day the end result could have been much different. It just shows how difficult this league is, we need to be at our best every week and we are delighted to have another opportunity so quickly to get a positive result.”

Head-to-Head (league games):
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 43
Raith Rovers wins – 48
United are unbeaten in their last five visits to Starks Park.

Last meeting: Rovers were 2-0 winners on the opening day of the Championship campaign with Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews on the scoresheet. The last meeting between the sides in Kirkcaldy was in March 2012 and saw Brian Graham open the scoring and then get sent-off in the first-half. A Mark Roberts penalty and Eddie Malone free-kick after the break put United ahead but the Rovers snatched a point at the death through Argentine striker Damian Casalinuovo.

On this day: in 2005, Ayr faced Raith Rovers at Somerset Park – a match also played on a Tuesday night. The Honest Men took the lead through Chris Robertson but despite Eddie Annand scoring for Rovers just two minutes later, Ayr earned all three points courtesy of a Craig Conway penalty. United have won six of their last 8 fixtures played on the 22nd November.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan
Assistant Referee 2 – David Doig

Adult – £15
Junior (Under 16, when accompanied by an adult) – £5
Junior (12-16, when unaccompanied) – £8
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £8
Student / Jobseeker – £10
Disability & Carer Concession – £8

Adults pay at the gate while all concessions must purchase tickets from the ticket office, with proof of entitlement.

Away fans will be accommodated in the Turnbull Hutton (Home) Stand section D/E in the South section of the stand. Segregation will be in place.

The Raith Suite in the Turnbull Hutton Stand is open for all patrons from around 1800.

Turnstiles for general access will be open from 1845 however early gates are open from 1730 for lounge access. There is limited facilities for the display of large flags and banners if 200 -250 away fans turn up.

Wheelchair or ambulant fans will have the choice of the McDermid or the front of the South Stand…which is preferable given there is no food outlets open in the McDermid.

Car parking for disabled fans is in the North Car Park and this is allocated on a first come basis. The car Park will be open from 1715.