Stranraer vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 22nd August 2015
After a creditable showing against Rangers on Wednesday night, Ayr United return to League 1 duty on Saturday when they make the trip south along the A77 to face Stranraer. The Honest Men will be out for revenge having lost all four games against the Blues last season.
There will be a familiar face in the home dugout after Brian Reid took over from Stephen Aitken in the summer. The former Ayr boss has been forced to contend with a host of departures from Stair Park, including David Mitchell, Jackson Longridge, Frank McKeown and Willie Gibson but strikers Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth remain a dangerous proposition and Peter McGill has become the latest in a long line of former Ayr players to swap Somerset Park for Stranraer.
The Blues will be looking to bounce back from a 4-0 reverse at home at the hands of Peterhead last weekend, although they opened the season with three points at Cowdenbeath. Stranraer face Hibernian in the League Cup next week.
Team News: Everybody is fit and we should have a full squad to choose from. Jordan Preston goes straight into the squad.
Ian says:”The team will change from Wednesday night and we will pick a team we think is suited to going and getting three points from a very difficult venue. I keep hearing about our poor recent record down there and that is something we need to rectify. We know that we wont always be able to play the way we would like to play. We were magnificent in the second half against Rangers and it showed just how fit the boys are and we are heading to Stranraer with confidence. Hopefully we will have a big noisy away support to cheer us on.”
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 9
Stranraer wins – 21
Stranraer have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides.
Last Meeting: Stranraer completed a whitewash against Ayr last season, winning all four matches between the two sides, losing just one goal. The last fixture was at the start of April at Stair Park when a second-half Craig Malcolm was enough to earn the Blues all three points.
On this day: in 1992 Ayr United beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Somerset Park in the First Division. It is United’s last league win over their Ayrshire rivals.
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee – Ross Haswell
Assistant Referee – Colin Pensom
Adult – £13
Senior Citizen (over 65) – £7
U16 – £5
Primary School – £3