Forfar Match Preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 29th August 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United return to League 1 action following their midweek Highland adventure when table-toppers Forfar Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to make it three league wins in-a-row after picking up all three points on the road at Stranraer.

Forfar boast League 1’s only 100% record having started the campaign with three straight wins. The Loons’ eased to a 4-1 victory at home to Stenhousemuir last weekend before taking on Hearts in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Some heroic goalkeeping from veteran stopper Rab Douglas and a Michael Dunlop equaliser meant the Premiership pacesetters were taken to extra-time but Danny Denholm’s 90th minute red card left Dick Campbell’s side short handed and the Jambo’s won out in the end.

Team News: Alan Trouten is struggling for Saturdays match however should be ok for Tuesday night. Ross Docherty is suspended. New signing Andy Graham goes straight into the squad.

Ian says:”This is a big game for us on Saturday. Tuesdays team was picked with Saturday in mind and we should be fresh for the game. Tiredness will be no issue. Forfar are top on merit so far and they showed against Hearts how good a side they are however we are currently on a good run at home against sides from our own league and we will always be looking for 3 points at Somerset Park. If we can get the three points it sets up Tuesday night for us to win and go top of the league. We are delighted Andy Graham agreed to sign for us and he goes straight into the squad.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic wins – 7

Only one of the previous 21 games between the sides has ended in a
draw.

Last Meeting: United fans can look back fondly on the last meeting of the two sides, which came on the final day of last season at Station Park. With Ayr needing a win to have any chance of avoiding the relegation play-offs and Forfar in with an outside chance of the title, the Loons took the lead from the penalty spot after just seven minutes when David Hutton felled Dale Hilson. But the Honest Men roared back for a famous victory with goals from Jon-Paul McGovern, Jordan Preston and Alan Forrest.

The other three games between the sides last season saw the home side win without conceding.

On this day: in 1987 the Honest Men were 5-1 winners over Stranraer at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee – Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee – Jim Burns

Match Details:
Adults: £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students: £8
Parent & Child Gate: £18