Forfar match preview

On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to face relegation-threatened Forfar Athletic at Station Park. The Honest Men’s 15 point advantage over Airdrieonians and Albion Rovers in 5th and 6th place respectively gives them a comfortable cushion in the race for a promotion play-offs spot but Ian McCall’s side will be looking to confirm their berth as soon as possible – and to catch second-placed Peterhead who moved four points ahead on Tuesday night.

Forfar Athletic won back-to-back league games – for the first time since the opening two games of the campaign – following their defeat at Somerset Park last month, but have gone on to take only two points from four games since.

Gary Bollan’s side scored in the third minute last Saturday at home to Cowdenbeath but saw their lead last less than 110 seconds . The game ended 1-1 despite the Loons enjoying the bulk of possession.

The result leaves Forfar level with rivals Brechin City at the foot of the table on 27 points, Forfar off the bottom on goal difference only. Cowdenbeath hold a two point advantage over the Angus pair.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available

Ian says:”We were all disappointed with last week. The title was always going to be a long shot however we wanted to put some pressure on. We just never got started last week and looked tired at times. We still have plenty to play for and want to finish the league as good as we possibly can.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 55
Draws – 18
Forfar Athletic Athletic wins – 30

United have lost just one of the last seven matches between the sides.

Last Meeting: Two Ryan Stevenson goals earned Ayr United all three points the last time the sides met, a fixture broadcast live on BBC Alba last month. Andy Ryan had levelled the scores for the visitors at Somerset Park but Stevo’s acrobatic finish earned United all three points.

The previous two meetings this season both ended 2-2. United’s last visit to Forfar saw captain Nicky Devlin sent off after Andy Graham had halved Forfar’s two-goal advantage but the Honest Men finished the strongest team, equalising through Ross Caldwell.

On this day: in 2005, a Paul Shields penalty saw Forfar Athletic beat Ayr 1-0 at Station Park. The sides met the following week at Somerset Park with the scoreline reversed,

Scott Chaplain scoring the United goal. Ayr and Forfar also met on this date in 1927 when the sides played out a 2-2 draw at Station Park.

Match Officials:
Referee ­ Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 ­ Lorraine Clark Assistant Referee 2 ­ Jim Burns

Admission:
Stand ­ Adults £13/Concessions £7 Terracing ­ Adults £12/Concessions £6