Ayr United vs. Brechin City
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 26th December 2015
Ayr United supporters received an early Christmas present this week with the news of the return to the club of Ryan Stevenson and the midfielder goes straight into the Ian McCall’s squad for the Boxing Day visit of Brechin City.
The Honest Men are looking to bounce back from back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season as they attempt to keep pace with leaders Dunfermline Athletic, who make the trip to Forfar.
Brechin City climbed off the foot of the table last weekend with a 2-0 victory at home to Stranraer, their first win in seven games. Darren Dods’s side started the season with eight straight defeats but have rallied, with striker Isaac Layne, signed on loan from Alloa Athletic, scoring four goals in his last seven games.
Team News: Jamie Adams and Paddy Boyle are both unavailable due to injury. Ross Docherty is still out.
Ian says: “we expect the whole place to be given a boost with Ryan’s signing and back at Somerset we will be looking to get back on track with 3 points. Brechin are a much improved side from the start of the season and they will be confident coming here however we want to control the game and get 3 points.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 9
Brechin City wins – 13
Saturday is the 50th meeting between the sides at Somerset Park and the 100th overall. United have 49 wins and have scored 187 goals to Brechin’s 144.
Last Meeting: Saturday is the third meeting between the sides this season. At the start of the November, Jamie Adams opened the scoring at Glebe Park but Isaac Layne quickly levelled for City, while the Hedgemen were defeated 2-1 at Somerset Park in August. Alan Forrest and Alan Trouten netted for the Honest Men, Robert Thomson scored for Brechin who had keeper Graeme Smith sent-off late on.
On this day: This is United’s 20th Boxing Day fixture, with our recorded W7, D4, L8. The club’s biggest victory on this date is 8-1 at home to Montrose in 1936.
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee – Craig Walker