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Stenhousemuir vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 9th April 2016. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to face Ochilview to face Stenhousemuir. The Honest Men are looking to make it 12 points from 12 with a fourth win over the Warriors this season. United have lost their last three matches away from home – all against sides at the foot of the table and, since beating Stenny at the start of March, the Honest Men have take only three points from a possible 15. Despite this poor run of form, United are still in with a shout of overhauling second placed Peterhead who travel to Brechin this weekend.

Former Ayr – and Stenhousemuir – defender Alan Lithgow nabbed a last minute equaliser for Airdrieonians against the Warriors last weekend, a result which saw them drop one place in the league table to 8th. Stenny sit four points ahead of bottom place Brechin and have a three point advantage over Forfar in the relegation play-off spot but have an inferior goal difference to the the Angus pair.

Team News: Brian Gilmour and Jamie Adams are still out injured. Paddy Boyle returns to the squad and everyone else is available.

Ian says: “We need to get some momentum going for the playoffs. I keep mentioning how strange a situation it is with ourselves and Peterhead knowing we are playing each other in the playoffs however we need to get away from that. We have a maximum of seven games left and we need to get refocused and back into form. Everyone needs to work hard and we will get there. Its been a long season and we have had plenty of ups and downs but we know how good a team this can be. We are close to full strength and are hoping to have a full squad by next week.”

Head-to-Head (at Ochilview):
Ayr United wins – 16
Draws – 10
Stenhousemuir wins – 17

Five of the last seven games between the sides at Ochilview have ended 1-1.

Last meeting: There were five goals in the final 25 minutes of the game the last time these two teams met, at Somerset Park at the start of March. Craig Moore opened the scoring but United’s lead lasted just four minutes – Jamie McCormack equalising for the visitors. The game turned, however, when Alan Cook was sent off for a wild challenge in the 73rd minutes and goals from Ryan Stevenson, Alan Trouten and an Stuart Malcolm own goals gave Ian McCall’s side a 4-1 win.

United’s last trip to Stenhousemuir was a closer encounter- Ross Caldwell’s 9th minute goal enough to earn all three points.

On this date: in 1932, Ayr United beat Morton 6-2 in a South West Counties Cup game played at Somerset Park. United’s last 8 fixtures to be played on 16th April have been away from home, most recently a 0-0 draw at Livingston in 2011.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel McFarlane

Adults: £5
U16s: Free

Ayr United supporters will be in the West Terracing which is the standing enclosure behind the goal.