Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 14th November 2015
On Saturday, Albion Rovers are the visitors for the first of three consecutive matches at Somerset Park. With Albion to only side to defeat the Honest Men in the league this season, it is an opportunity for Ian McCall’s side to reap revenge and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games.
Rovers’s player-manager Darren Young picked up October’s Ladbrokes League 1 Manager of the Month award after steering his side to seven points from four games and fourth place in the league table. The Coatbridge side saw their game at home to Cowdenbeath last weekend postponed due to heavy rain and again during the week. Their last match was the Lanarkshire derby in which honours were even after a 1-1 draw. Ally Love scored an equaliser at the Excelsior in a game that saw striker John Gemmell sent-off late on.
Team News: Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour are out, everyone else is fit.
Ian says: “They have done fantastically well and will come here very confident. Darren Young fully deserved his manager of the month award and it’s certainly no fluke how well they are doing. We will need to be patient as they will probably have plenty of men behind the ball. We are very proud of the record we have at the moment and we need to keep winning games especially at home.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 7
Albion Rovers wins – 9
58% of the 89 games between the two sides have been won by the home side.
Last Meeting: Newly-promoted Albion Rovers shocked Ayr on the opening day of the League 1 campaign, easing to a 3-0 victory at Cliftonhill in August. Ross Davidson opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and the win was sealed by an Ally Love double either side of half-time. A fortnight earlier the sides also met in the League Challenge Cup, with United winning the game at Somerset Park 3-1. The goalscorers were Alan Trouten, Nicky Devlin and Ross Caldwell. Love netted the ‘Vers’s consolation.
On this day: in 1998 Ian McCall was in the away dugout as Clydebank were the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men ended the game 4-1 winners, with Glynn Hurst (2), Andy Lyons and Andy Walker on the scoresheet.
Referee – George Salmond
Assistant Referee – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee – Richard Murray
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18