Ayr United vs. Arbroath
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 6th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ian McCall will mark three years in charge at Ayr United with Arbroath the visitors for our first home game of 2018. United bounced back from consecutive defeats with a convincing 5-1 win at Stranraer on Tuesday but will be looking to get back to winning ways at Somerset Park and ensure they remain above Raith Rovers ahead of next week’s match in Kirkcaldy.
Arbroath were 1-0 winners at Forfar Athletic last Saturday, with Leighton McIntosh netting the only goal of the game against their Angus rivals – his fifth goal in six games following his return from Icelandic football. Prior their victory against the Loons, the Red Lichties had played five consecutive home games, picking up four points from four league games and edging past Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup to set up a fourth round tie against Ayr at Somerset Park in a fortnight.
Dick Campbell’s side leaped above Stranraer into fourth and the final play-off place last weekend. Their away form is the second best in the division, with 16 points from eight games on the road this season.
Team News: Andy Geggan is out with a calf problem, he is very unlikely to return before the game at Hampden on 27th January. Ross Docherty is out with a hip problem and Robbie Crawford is out due to an issue with a bone in his foot sustained in the game at Alloa. It is difficult to give a accurate estimate on when either Doc or Robbie will return. Brian Gilmour is also out for tomorrow’s match.
Ian says: “It was very important on Tuesday to get 3 points and get back to winning ways and considering how difficult a place Stranraer is to go we were delighted to win the game so comfortably. Raith have two games in hand but we can only worry about ourselves and Saturday provides another difficult test. Arbroath beat us here earlier in the season so we know what to expect. Steven Bell comes straight into the squad which gives us another option that we very much needed.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 54
Draws – 19
Arbroath wins – 27
There has not been a draw in the last 14 matches between the sides (11 Ayr wins, 3 Arbroath wins)
Last Meeting: The last meeting between Ayr United and Arbroath was at Gayfield at the start of November and saw the Honest Men run out 4-1 winners. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 36th minute before a devastating five minute period in the second-half saw United extend their advantage to four goals, with Craig Moore, Shankland again and a David Gold own goal doing the damage. Gavin Swankie scored a late consolation for the Red Lichties.
That victory was a measure of revenge for the first game between the sides this season in August which saw Arbroath leave Somerset Park with all three points. Chris Higgins opened the scoring for Ayr but Omar Kadar on the stroke of half-time and a long range Mark Whatley effort handed Dick Campbell’s side the win.
On this day: Ayr United have won four of 12 games played on January 6th with three of those victories coming against Clyde, in 1934, 1990 and 2001. Our most recent fixture on this date was a 0-0 draw at St. Johnstone in the Scottish Cup in 2007.
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Connor Ashwood
Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5
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