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Falkirk vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 3rd November 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, it’s top versus bottom as Ayr United travel to take on Championship strugglers Falkirk.  After defeating Partick Thistle at Firhill last weekend and maintaining our 100% record at home with a 3-0 win over Alloa Athletic on Tuesday night, Ian McCall’s side will be looking for a third consecutive win to hold off the challenge of Ross County, who face Inverness in the Highland derby.

 

The Opposition: New manager Ray McKinnon has picked up 4 points from his 7 Championship matches in charge as the Bairns’ struggle to keep in touch at the foot of the table. One of those points did come in a battling performance at home to previous league leaders Ross County on Tuesday night. Deimantas Petravicius’ 26th-minute cross was headed into his own net by Don Cowie as the midfielder attempted to clear to give the Bairns the lead – their first league goal at home this season – but Iain Vigurs cancelled out that advantage late in the second-half.

 

While the result assisted in Ayr’s return to the summit of the table, The Bairns remain at the foot of the Championship, four points adrift of Alloa Athletic. Captain Aaron Muirhead broke his ankle in the match against County and will be out for the foreseeable future while Ray McKinnon has already allowed a number of players depart the club in anticipation of a busy January transfer window.

 

Team News:  Everyone is fit and available

 

Ian says: “Tuesday night was always going to be tricky so we were delighted to get a relatively comfortable victory. We had some really good performances and again could probably have scored more. Tomorrows game will be extremely difficult, Falkirk will have taken confidence from Tuesday night and the conditions are going to make it tough for both teams. We showed at Partick last week however that there are different ways to win a game of football so we are hugely looking forward to it. We are back at the top of the league and we want to still be there at 4.45pm.

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 44

Draws – 28

Falkirk wins – 52

 

United have yet to win at the Falkirk Stadium with two draws and two defeats to date. Our last away win against the Bairns came at Ochilview, Andy Ferguson scoring the only goal of the game at Falkirk’s temporary home.

 

Last Meeting: Second-half goals from Lawrence Shankland, Andy Geggan and a Leo Fasan own goal gave United all three points at Somerset Park in September in a match that saw the Bairns go into the break with a two-goal advantage; Zak Rudden and Deimantas Petravicius on the scoresheet.

 

Ayr’s last trip to the Falkirk Stadium ended all square, Peter Grant cancelling out Gary Harkins’s strike.

 

On this date: The Honest Men have won just twice on November 3rd in 13 previous matches, stretching back to a 0-0 draw away to Rangers in 1917. Our most recent fixture on this date was a win, 2-1 at home to Clachnacuddin in the Scottish Cup in 2012. Two second-half goals from Michael Moffat saw United edge into the fourth round after the Highlanders had taken the lead.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £13

Under 18s – £7

Under 12s – Free

 

Before the match a wreath laying ceremony will take place involving veterans, cadets, military band and a bugler as well as representatives from both Falkirk FC & Ayr United FC as part of Remembrance Day commemorations and fans will be invited to take part and pay their respects to all those who have fallen.

Ayr fans are housed in the North stand with cash entry, turnstiles 11 and 12. The Ayr support are welcome in the South stand bar before and after the game.

Supporters buses should park behind the North stand, parking is free, this area will be stewarded with Police in the area.

Car parking is available nearby.

Fans are asked to arrive as early as possible as there will be searching at turnstiles.