Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 25th November 2017, Kick-off 3pm
League 1’s two form sides go head-to-head on Saturday when Ayr United travel to the Indodrill Stadium to face Alloa Athletic. Ian McCall’s side are looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches and continue a remarkable goalscoring record away from home; the Honest Men have netted 41 times in 11 games on the road this season, including six at Banks O’Dee in the Cup last Saturday.
Alloa defeated League 2 Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup last weekend, coming from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Ochilview where former United striker Craig Malcolm grabbed a brace to send the Wasps into the next round. That result was a fifth consecutive victory for Jim Goodwin’s men, who have wins over Albion Rovers, Airdrie, Queen’s Park and East Fife in recent weeks. Those four league wins, with just one goal conceded, see Alloa lie third in the league table, eight points behind United.
Team News: Paddy Boyle is out with the shoulder injury picked up last weekend and Jamie Adams won’t be risked on the surface.
Ian says: “It is a real shame for Paddy as he has been in excellent form so we will need to shuffle things around however we do have two or three boys that can play there. Alloa are in excellent form and have been on a great run so this will be an extremely tough game. We have played well on astroturf pitches this season and scored a lot of goals so we will be going there looking to continue the run we are on. The backing we got from the supporters last week was fantastic, especially after travelling all that way. Hopefully they do the same tomorrow!”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 57
Draws – 26
Alloa Athletic wins – 29
United are without a win in the last seven meetings between the sides. Our last win at Recreation Park came courtesy of a Willie Easton goal in January 2011.
Last Meeting: it was a six-goal thriller when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park in September. Lawrence Shankland gave United the best possible start with a goal in the fourth minute but a Craig Reid own goal and Kevin Cawley header either side of half-time put Alloa in the lead. Jamie Adams levelled with 10 minutes to go before a hotly disputed Scott Taggart penalty restored the Wasp’s advantage. Shankland, however, scored again to make it 3-3 in the final minute.
United’s last match at the Indodrill Stadium was a chastening 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat in November 2014.
On this day: in 2010, the Honest Men defeated Stenhousemuir 2-0 at Somerset Park. A Ryan McCann goal on the stroke of half-time, and Danny McKay late in the game secured all three points for United.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Hodge
Assistant Referee 2 – George Calder
Adults – £16
Senior Citizen – £8
U16s – £4
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