East Fife match preview

Match Preview
East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 16th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of two consecutive away games before Christmas. Ian McCall’s side go into the match looking for a ninth consecutive victory and having not tasted defeat since their last trip to Fife at the start of September.  The Honest Men hold a five point advantage at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table.

 

Opponents East Fife here held to a 1-1 draw at home by Stranraer last Saturday and lost to bottom side Queen’s Park at Hampden the previous weekend but Darren Young’s side are unbeaten at New Bayview in their last five matches – including a 6-1 victory over Airdrieonians. The Fife sit in fifth place in the table, two points behind third place Alloa Athletic.

 

Team News: Ross Docherty and Robbie Crawford are ruled out through injury.

 

Ian says: “In terms of performance we know we have to improve on last week, we didn’t have the right shape to the team and in the end we had to work extremely hard to get the victory. East Fife have an excellent home record so this will be another very tough game. Alan Forrest and Declan McDaid both made a good impact off the bench last week so we have plenty to think about in terms of team selection, especially with another couple of players back from injury.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18

 

The last 12 games between the sides have seen 50 goals scored, an average of over 4.1 per game.

 

Last Meeting: United were 3-0 winners when the sides met at Somerset Park at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 7th minute and goals in second-half from Andy Geggan and Chris Higgins either side of Jonathan Page’s red card.

 

The Honest Men’s won 5-0 on their last trip to New Bayview in March 2014 with Michael Moffat (twice), Kevin Kyle, Michael Donald and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet.

 

On this day:

 

Match Officials:

Referee – John McKendrick

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Ryan Lee

 

Admission:

Adult – £15
Senior Citizens (60 and over) – £12
Child – £5
Parent and child – £18
Parent and 2 children – £21