Match Preview Arbroath vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 4th November 2017, Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, on-form Ayr United travel to Angus to take on Arbroath in what will be the 100th meeting between the clubs. The Honest Men are just one goal off top spot in League 1 after drawing level on points with Raith Rovers last weekend; winning 2-0 against Stranraer as the Kirkcaldy club dropped points away to Forfar Athletic.
A win for United over Arbroath will open up a nine-point gap over fifth-placed Red Lichties and extend Ian McCall’s side’s unbeaten run to seven games.
Arbroath smashed seven past Airdrieonians in their last home game but were defeated 3-1 at East Fife last weekend. Bobby Linn put Dick Campbell’s side ahead at Bayview in the 16th minute but three goals in eight second-half minutes won it for the home side. The result saw the Fifers swap places with the Red Lichties in the league table.
Team News: Fully fit squad.
Ian says: “We are in good form and everyone is confident just now however every game in this league has different challenges and our first match with Arbroath showed that they are a good side. That was our worst performance of the season and I expect an entirely different display tomorrow. The defence have been keeping clean sheets and in the forward areas we look threatening every time we go forward. Hopefully the weather is kind to us as it can be horrific up there and we will be doing everything we can to send our travelling fans home happy.”
Head to head (at Gayfield):
Ayr United wins – 19
Draws – 15
Arbroath wins – 15
It is 13 games since a draw in this fixture.
Last Meeting: Arbroath are one of only two sides to defeat Ayr in the league this season and the only team to win in 90 minutes at Somerset Park. The Honest Men went ahead in the 42 minutes in the match in August when Chris Higgins pounced to steer the ball past David Hutton but goals from Omar Kader before half-time and a stunning strike from Mark Whatley earned the Red Lichties all three points.
Ayr’s last trip to Gayfield saw the Honest Men win 3-2 in typically blustery conditions. Michael Moffat scored a double; the 103 goal man has netted 9 times in just 5 appearances away to Arbroath.
On this day: in history, the Honest Men have a win percentage of 73.33%, with 11 wins in 15 games played on this date and just two defeats. Our most recent fixture on November 4th was in 2006 and saw us defeat Stranraer 3-1 at Stair Park. Chris Strain, Ryan Stevenson and Jerome Vareille all scored in the first 21 minutes. Former Ayr midfielder Dougie Ramsey was sent off late on for the Blues.
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler
Adults – £14 Concessions – £8 Parent & Child – £17