East Fife match preview

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East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th March 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of five massive games for the Honest Men which will determine the destination of the League 1 title. Ian McCall’s side saw their advantage at the top of the table cut to three points on Tuesday night as Raith Rovers won their game in hand – against East Fife at Starks Park – but United are in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven matches and winning six.

Raith Rovers – still to lose at home this season – host Albion Rovers.

Defeat for East Fife on Tuesday night means the promotion play-offs now look to be out of sight for Darren Young’s side; the Fifers occupy sixth place in the table, 11 points behind fourth place Alloa Athletic. Equally, a 12 point advantage of Albion Rovers in ninth place all but assures East Fife will remain in League 1 next season.

The Methil side have been somewhat inconsistent of late. After losing 3-0 at Somerset Park in February they won three games on the bounce, against Albion Rovers, East Fife and Airdrie, but have followed that up with 2-0 defeats in Forfar and Kirkcaldy.

 

Team News: Chris Higgins and Ross Docherty are out with injuries and Andy Geggan is suspended.

Ian says: “We have 5 games to go and it is completely in our own hands and we have worked very hard to get into this position. It wasn’t the best of displays last week and there are plenty of things we can improve on but we were professional and we were clinical. East Fife are a good side and have had some very good results of late so we are expecting a very tough match. Again the backing of a noisy away support will be crucial to us so hopefully we walk out to a wall of noise!

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 32

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18

 

United have won all of the last eight meetings between the clubs. Ayr’s last defeat in Methil was in 2011, despite Michael Moffat scoring a double.

 

Last Meeting: United have been in freescoring form against East Fife this season, scoring 10 goals in the three matches between the sides. Last month, goals from Declan McDaid, Lawrence Shankland and Alan Forrest saw United win 3-0 at Somerset Park, matching the result in September. Ayr’s first trip to Bayview this season was in December. The home side were leading at half-time but a Michael Rose double and goals from Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore gave United a convincing victory in the end.

 

On this day: The Honest Men don’t have a great record on 30th March, winning just four of 17 matches played on this date. We did, however, defeat East Fife on the 30th March 2013. Scott Durie scored in the first half in the game at Somerset Park but late goals from Liam Buchanan and David Winters gave United all three points.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer

Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram

 

Admission:

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