Forfar Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 21st October 2017, Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men hit the road when they travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic. Ian McCall’s men will be looking to extend a four match unbeaten run in League 1 against a Forfar side without a win since the start of August.
Gary Bollan paid for a run of five consecutive league defeats, including a 5-0 reverse at home to Angus rivals Arbroath, with his job last month. New boss Jim Weir took charge of the Loons for the first time against Queen’s Park last weekend at Hampden Park. Forfar came close to all three points after Mark Miller’s second-half penalty but an 89th minute Spiders equaliser meant a point apiece for the division’s bottom two sides. Forfar prop up the table with five points from nine games, four points behind 8th place Alloa.
Weir, who has now managed all four Angus clubs in addition to Elgin City, will be looking to add goals to his team; Forfar have netted just 6 times this season.
Team News: Craig Reid is out with injury and Jamie Adams won’t be risked due to the surface.
Ian says: “Every game is difficult and this will be no different. The league table means nothing, Forfar have a new manager and will be really up for the game so we need to make sure we are at our best. It’s crucial that we cut out the mistakes at the back and start taking more of the many chances we are creating.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 56
Draws – 18
Forfar Athletic wins – 31
Last Meeting: The Honest Men defeated the Loons 3-0 at Somerset Park in August, Craig Moore, Declan McDaid and Robbie Crawford netting the goals. Ayr’s last match at Station Park was in March last year and saw the home side end up victorious. An Andy Ryan double and Steven Craig goal cancelled out Ryan Stevenson’s strike.
On this day: in history United have a 42.8% win rate and have lost just four of 14 games. Our most recent fixture on 21st October came in 2006, a 1-1 draw away to Cowdenbeath in which Chris Strain scored a late equaliser.
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean
Adult – Ground £12 / Stand £13
Concessions – £6 / £7