Tomorrow, Ayr United head south to face league leaders Stranraer and the battle at both ends of the season continues. A point last Saturday against Brechin City was enough to see United climb above Stenhousemuir on goals scored after a Bryan Prunty double defeated the Warriors at the Excelsior Stadium. Brown Ferguson’s side host third placed Forfar this weekend.
Stranraer hold a one point advantage over Morton and Forfar Athletic as they look to gain promotion to Scottish football’s second tier for the first time for a decade. Stephen Aitken’s side came back from one-goal down at Peterhead last weekend to win 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Jamie Longworth and Willie Gibson. The former Kilmarnock winger has three goals in his last three games.
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Ian says: “Stranraer might be top of the league however we are travelling with confidence due to the level of our performances. We need to keep the same level of performance, finish better and hope a wee bit of luck goes our way.
Team news: There are no suspensions or injuries.
Form: United are without a win in six, having taken just three points from a possible 18. The Honest Men have lost the last three on the road. Stranraer have won their last three games, each by a one goal margin. The Blues have won their last four league games at home, conceding just once.
Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 11
Stranraer wins – 24
Only one of the last 20 games between the sides has ended in a draw.
Last Meeting: Craig Beattie played at centre-back as a threadbare United squad went down 2-0 on 3rd January. Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth netted the goals at Somerset Park. Ex-Ayr man Malcolm was also on the scoresheet when the sides last met at Stair Park, netting a double in a 3-1 win which had seen Jon-Paul McGovern open the scoring back in November.
On this day: in 1973 Ayr United lost 2-0 to Rangers in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
Referee – Kevin Graham
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – Martin McCarthy
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Under 16s – £5