Match Preview Ayr United vs. Arbroath Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 26th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United face Arbroath looking to make it four wins out of four in League 1 and to consolidate their position at the top of the table. The Honest Men continued their goalscoring form last weekend, netting four times against Stranraer to take the season’s tally to 32 in 9 games but three goals conceded made for a less straightforward victory than Ian McCall would have hoped for.
League 2 Champions Arbroath have started life in League 1 with four points from their three games. Dick Campbell’s men opened their account with a 2-0 win over fellow promoted side Queen’s Park at Gayfield and then picked up a point away to Airdrieonians. Last weekend they were on the reverse of a 3-2 defeat at home to East Fife.
Familiar faces in the Arbroath squad include striker Bryan Prunty and goalkeeper David Hutton, who joined the club from Dunfermline Athletic. Dick Campbell raided former club Forfar Athletic over the summer, adding Thomas O’Brien, Danny Denholm and Gavin Swankie. Forward Swankie joins his hometown club for a fourth spell after the Red Lichties reportedly paid a fee of £8000 for the 33-year-old.
Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “Its a very important game for us, we want to have an outstanding home record and make teams hate coming here. We will look to attack from the off as we have in every game however we need our fans to be patient and get behind us. Having that support from the terraces at home this season could be absolutely crucial. Away from home we have the best backing in the league by a long way, no question about that.
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 53
Draws – 19
Arbroath wins – 26
Ayr have outscored Arbroath 202 goals to 131 in the 98 meetings between the sides, the first a 5-0 victory in August 1925.
Last Meeting: United completed the clean sweep over the the Red Lichties in Season 2013/14 with 12 points out of 12. The last meeting between the sides was at Somerset Park in March 2014. Craig Malcolm opened the scoring in the 4th minute but the home side saw Michael Donald sent off before half-an-hour on the clock. Kenny Deuchar levelled things for Arbroath in the 38th minute but Michael Moffat scored what proved to be the winner for 10-men Ayr just two minutes later.
On this day: Ayr have a poor record in recent years on August 26th, losing seven of the last eight matches played on this date to nil, a run stretching back to 1989. The Honest Men’s only win during that period was a 5-2 victory over Falkirk in 2000; Glynn Hurst netting a hat-trick at Somerset Park.
Referee – Mike Roncome
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris McTiernan
Adults – £16 Concessions (18-21, 65+, Students) – £10 U18s – £5