Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Saturday 22nd September 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Clackmannanshire for the first of three away games in the space of eight days. Ian McCall’s side take on Alloa Athletic on the back of a moral boosting come-from-behind win against Falkirk last weekend. With three wins from three at home, we’ll be looking to pick up our first away win in the league after a hard fought point in Inverness but a disappointing outing at Dumfries a fortnight ago.
Alloa gained promotion to the Championship via play-offs after a strong finish to last season, edging out Dumbarton in the final despite losing the first leg at home. Jim Goodwin’s men are yet to record their first league win of the season but have picked up draws in the last three games, including at Inverness despite being reduced to 10 men shortly after half-time and at Dunfermline on Saturday.
Alan Trouten – who scored 28 goals for Albion Rovers last season – is perhaps the most well known of the arrivals at the Indodrill Stadium over the summer and he will look to link-up again with Connor Shields, who has returned to Scotland on loan from Sunderland after an impressive spell for Rovers at the start of last season saw him join the Black Cats in January.
Alloa’s attacking options are further enhanced by Greig Spence who has made the switch from Raith Rovers for his fourth spell with the Wasps, Dario Zanatta, on loan from Hearts and Kevin Cawley.
Team News: Daniel Harvie is suspended and Chris Higgins has had a minor setback and will miss training for a week or so.
Ian says: “We saw last season that Alloa are a very good side with a good manager. It will be a very tough place to go all season and we will need to be at our absolute best to get anything from the game. We travel with confidence after a great performance in the second half last week but there was plenty to work on after that game so we have had another tough weeks training.”
Head to head (league matches at Recreation Park):
Ayr United wins – 24
Draws – 14
Alloa Athletic wins – 15
Saturday will be the first match between Ayr and Alloa at this level since the penultimate game of season 2000/01. Pat McGinlay (2), Lee Sharp and Eddie Annand scored in a 4-1 win at Somerset, with Willie Irvine netting for the Wasps.
The Wasps had the better of the four encounters between the sides in League 1 last season, recording two wins to United’s one. United’s only victory in the series came at the Indodrill Stadium last November courtesy of a last minute Craig Moore goal.
Last Meeting: United fans will need little reminding of the last meeting between the sides, just over four months ago. Over 1,000 travelled to Clackmannanshire for a Sunday fixture in which a win would have seen the Honest Men with one hand on the league trophy. Instead, goals from Iain Flannigan and Calum Crane in a calamitous first-half ultimately take all three points – and hand the advantage to Raith Rovers – despite a much improved second-half performance which saw Craig Moore score but miss a last gasp penalty.
On this Day: United’s most recent fixture on this date was against East Fife in 2012. The Fifers went ahead in just the 5th minute at New Bayview but a David Sinclair double put the Honest Men ahead at the break. Bobby Barr equalised with just seven minutes of the game remaining only for Kyle McAusland to net a late winner.
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Ross Haswell
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Hardie
Adults – £17
Senior Citizens – £9
Juvenile (under 16) – £4
Bus and car parking at Morrisons which is first on the left coming off the roundabout.
Our support will enter the ground via Hilton Road turnstiles. Beside KFC there are 2 adult turnstiles and behind KFC there are 1 adult, 1 concession and 1 under 16 turnstiles.
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Thank you and enjoy the game.