Ayr United travel to the heart of Scotland on Valentines Day and Ian McCall’s men would love to pick up a vital three points. Hosts Stirling Albion are propping up the League 1 table and a win for the Honest Men will open up a nine point advantage over the Binos.
Stirling Albion were defeated 1-0 at Stranraer in their last outing. Between them, Ayr and Stirling have just three league wins since the end of August.
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Ian says: “The training the last two weeks has been at a really high level, a fast tempo and they haven’t trained like a team near the bottom of the league. Theres a noticeable change in atmosphere and we just cant wait to get out on the pitch tomorrow. What we need to do is transfer the high tempo training to the game situation. Stirling will probably see this as a big chance to claw their way back into things however we really feel like we can go on a good run starting here. “
Team news: Martyn Campbell is out and Brian Gilmour is suspended.
United’s current run of 11 home games without a win is the worst form since the team went on a 13 match winless streak between September 1971 and March 1972. Game 12 of that sequence was a 0-0 draw vs. Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.
Stirling Albion’s only win at home this season came on penalties against Hurlford United in the Scottish Cup. The Binos’ have lost their last three games by one goal.
Head-to-Head (League) Ayr United wins – 25 Draws – 25 Stirling Albion wins – 25
Last Meeting: Craig Beattie netted a last minute equaliser to ensure a share of the points when the sides last met, at Somerset Park in December. Alan Forrest had put United ahead before Steven Doris netted twice for the Binos.
Forrest was also on the scoresheet when the sides met at the start of the season at Forthbank. His double and a Brian Gilmour goal saw the Honest Men record a 3-1 victory.
On this day: Ayr United haven’t loved playing on 14th February in the past, wining just three of 15 games played on this date. The Honest Men of course did knock then holders Kilmarnock out of the Scottish Cup in 1998.
Match Officials: Referee: Brian Colvin
Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Reid
Adults – £13
Seniors (aged 65 and over) – £8
Students (with valid ID) – £8
U17s – £5
U12s – FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)