Ayr United vs. Forfar
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 12th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United return to league duty and to Somerset Park with Forfar Athletic the visitors to Ayrshire. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to put defeat at Easter Road on Tuesday night behind them and build on the 5-1 win at Albion Rovers that puts them top of the early League 1 table.
Forfar opened up their league campaign with a 2-1 home win against Airdrieonians last weekend. Former Falkirk and Queen of the South midfielder Marc Miller netted the decisive goal midway through the second-half. The result was Gary Bollan sides’ first victory of the season after taking just one point from their Betfred Cup fixtures.
Team News: Jamie Adams is out with the head knock he received last week, everyone else is available.
Ian says: “The first home league game of any season is always a good occasion and with the way we have started this season we are really looking forward to a Saturday home game. We are all hoping for a good home crowd that really gets behind the boys from the start. Tuesday night was a tough game however we have trained well since, training today was exceptional, and everyone is raring to go.”
Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 9
Forfar Athletic wins – 7
The Loons have just one win in their last seven trips to Somerset Park.
Forfar were the victors in the previous encounter betweeen the sides in March last year. Ryan Stevenson cancelled out Andy Ryan’s early strike at Station Park but Ryan and Steven Craig scored in the second-half to make it 3-1 in a match that saw Paddy Boyle and Ross McCrorie hospitalised after a nasty clash of heads in the first-half.
The Loon’s last trip to Somerset Park was in February 2016. Stevenson and Ryan were again on the scoresheet but it was Stevo’s double which gave the Honest Men all three points, the winner coming in the 75th minute, seven minutes after Ryan’s equalizer.
The earlier two fixtures between the sides during the 2015/16 season both ended in 2-2 draws.
Referee – David Lowe
Assistant Referee 1 – Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger
Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
U16s – £5