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Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 2nd December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we play the first of a League 1 double-header at Somerset Park with Albion Rovers the visitors. Rovers saw their fixture away to Stranraer fall victim to the weather last weekend, while the Honest Men needed a last minute Craig Moore winner at Alloa to clinch all three points – a six consecutive victory which ensured Ian McCall’s men retained their three point advantage at the top of the table.

 

Seventh placed Albion are without a win in their last five league games, including a 5-4 defeat at versus East Fife at New Bayview and 4-3 reverse at home to Forfar Athletic. Despite this recent slump and league position, Rovers have the second best away record in the division, picking up 13 points from 6 games on the road. Conversely they have lost six out of seven at Cliftonhill, their only home win coming against Raith Rovers at the end of September.

 

Brian Kerr’s men did get back to winning ways a fortnight ago, beating Lowland League side East Kilbride 4-3 in the Scottish Cup. Former United midfielder Alan Trouten scoring what proved to be the decisive goal, his eighteenth goal in just 19 matches.

 

Team News: Paddy Boyle, Robbie Crawford and Andy Geggan are out with injuries. Everyone else is available.

Ian says: “We have just had a very tough run of fixtures and taken maximum points so there is a different pressure tomorrow where we will be fully expected to win. We want to keep this run going and there is that winning mentality which was shown at the end of the game last week. Every game has different challenges and Albion Rovers have had a lot of wins away from home so we will need to be at our best if we want to take maximum points. We are really hoping for a similar atmosphere to the Stranraer and Raith games at Somerset, the better the atmosphere the more difficult it is for visiting teams.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 43

Draws – 12

Albion Rovers wins – 27

 

Saturday will be the 50th meeting between the sides in Ayr. Albion Rovers were the first ever side to beat Ayr United at Somerset Park, back in October 1910 and also won on their last visit in April 2016 when former United defender Mick Dunlop netted the only goal.

 

Last Meeting: United travelled to Cliftonhill on the opening afternoon of the league campaign and returned to Ayrshire with a thumping 5-1 victory. Declan McDaid open the scoring in just the second minute and the Honest Men went into the break 3-0 up thanks to goals from Michael Moffat and Craig Moore. Moore completed his hat-trick in the second-half before a late Rovers consolation scored by Connor Shields.

 

On this day: in 2000, the Honest Men scored three goals away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle – but were on the wrong end of a 7-3 thumping.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

 

Admission:

Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5

 

We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.  We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry. 

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

 

 Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website.  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

 

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