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Ayr United vs. Airdrieonians
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 21st November 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United put their unbeaten record on the line once more at Somerset Park when Airdrieonians are the visitors. If Ian McCall’s side can avoid defeat it will extend the side’s unbeaten League run to 14 games – the club’s best since since 1979/80, while three points will ensure the Honest Men remain top of the table into December.

Third-place Airdrieonians travel Ayrshire on the back of an extremely disappointing 2-0 home defeat last weekend versus Dunfermline Athletic. Gary Bollan’s side have recorded just one win in five at the Excelsior Stadium but have fared better on the road. A fortnight ago, the Diamonds raced to a three-goal lead in just 30 minutes at Station Park, and although Forfar pulled it back to 3-2, the visitors notched their fourth win in six games away from home.

Airdrie lie 11 points behind Ayr, and just four ahead of seventh placed Forfar.

Team News: Brian Gilmour came through training this week and is back in the squad. Craig Moore is still out.

Ian says: “We were slightly fortunate to win when we played at Airdrie a couple of months ago. We had them watched last week and we know what to expect from them, they are a good side and it will be a very hard game. We will need to play better than we did last week however sometimes its the sign of a good team to win games when not at their best.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 9
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 9

Ayr have won only 25% of the 12 meetings between the sides at Somerset Park.

Last Meeting: Airdrieonians took an early lead when the sides met at the Excelsior Stadium in September. Liam Watt netted for the Diamonds after just 5 minutes but goals from Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour either side of half-time earned the Honest Men all three points.

On this day: in 1936 there was a 11 goal thriller at Somerset Park. with Stenhousemuir defeated 8-3. The result elevated Ayr to the top of Division 2, where they remained until the end of the season. United dropped just 1 point at home during a highly successful campaign, and averaged incredible 4.5 goals per game at home.

Match Officials:
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee – Finlay Currie

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18