Ayr United vs. Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 20th February 2016. Kick-off 5.15pm.
Ayr United will be looking to get back to winning ways when Forfar Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park for the Saturday tea-time fixture to be broadcast live on BBC Alba. After narrow defeats to promotion rivals Peterhead and Dunfermline, Ian McCall’s side lie in third place in the League 1 table.
Ayr will be facing a Forfar side not managed by Dick Campbell for the first since September 2007. Gary Bollan switched Airdrie for Forfar, taking over at Station Park in December but after six matches in charge, Bollan is still looking for his first win.
The Loons were away to Peterhead last weekend and bounced back from Rory McAllister’s 4th minute goal to lead 2-1 through Steven Craig and Andy Ryan when the home side had skipper Steven Noble sent off on the half-hour mark. But the on-form Blue Toon roared back, taking all three points with a 4-2 win which extended Forfar’s winless run in the league to 16 games.
Forfar’s last win came on the 12th September when they topped the League 1 table but they now find themselves ninth spot, just one point ahead of bottom side Brechin.
Team News: Jamie Adams and Ross Docherty are out injured. Brian Gilmour is suspended.
Ian says:”It’s a different kick off time and one that we are looking forward to as it will give us extra time to work on set pieces and shape. We will have an attacking team out there and we want the 3 points to get back on track. Hopefully the pitch is a bit better on Saturday, we have had it rolled so it should play better than last time against Peterhead. We will be looking to continue the form we showed against Dunfermline until Gilly got sent off and as I always say we want to win every game at Somerset Park.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 9
Forfar Athletic wins – 7
The match is the 50th between the sides at Somerset Park. An Ayr win would be the 50th league victory over the Loons.
Last Meeting: Ayr were 2-0 down at half-time when the sides last met, at Station Park in October. Goals from Danny Denholm and Iain Campbell put the Loons ahead before Andy Graham pulled one back after the break. Nicky Devlin was then sent-off with 20 minutes to go (a decision that was subsequently successfully appealed) but despite the numerical disadvantage, Ross Caldwell netted an equaliser within two minutes and United were unlucky not to take all three points.
The first meeting between the sides this season also ended 2-2. Goals either side of half-time from Craig Moore and Alan Forrest cancelled out Lewis Allan’s opener but the visitors snatched a point with a Michael Travis goal in the 90th minute.
On this day: have drawn their last 3 games 1-1, in 2002, 1985 and 1974. The most recent of those three fixtures was away to Inverness when Scott Crabbe scored a second-half equaliser. The game was current United first-team coach Neil Scally’s last starting appearance for the club before moving to Dumbarton.
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean
Fourth Official – Colin Steven
Admission: Adults £15, Concessions £8, Adult and Child gate £18. Forfar supporters (adults only) Can receive £2 off the price of admission by showing their 15/16 season ticket.
• Please note that Burnett Terrace will be closed to vehicle access, open only to pedestrians.
• There will be limited space in the car park as the BBC production trucks will be there, therefore we will only be able to accommodate Blue Badge holders and officials. Parking has been arranged with the Racecourse to accommodate supporter’s cars.