Match Preview v Airdrie

Ayr United’s final game of 2014 sees them travel to North Lanarkshire on Saturday to face Airdrieonians. Craig Beattie’s last minute equaliser was enough to lift the Honest Men out of the relegation play-off position last time out and a win at the Excelsior Stadium will see them climb another place.
After beating Dunfermline Athletic, last weekend Airdrieonians held league leaders Forfar Athletic to a 1-1 draw at Station Park. The Diamonds occupy seventh position, a point ahead of the Ayr having played an extra game.

Form:
Ayr United travel to the Excelsior with just four points from their last 11 league games. The Honest Men have lost their last three on the road.
Airdrieonains are unbeaten in their last three games and have taken nine points from 12 at home.
Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 8
Draws – 6
Airdrieonians wins – 8

The Diamonds have scored 3 goals in each of their last 3 matches against Ayr.

Last Meeting: Late goals from Luca Gasparotto and Jamie Bain saw Gary Bollan’s side record their first victory of the season, a 3-2 win at Somerset Park, when the sides last met in September. Adam Hunter and Kyle McAusland were sent-off when United last travelled to the Excelsior, going down to a 3-0 defeat.
On this day: Ayr United beat Airdrie 5-0 on this day in 1999 with goals from Marvyn Wilson, Neil Tarrant, a Glynn Hurst double and Jens-Kristian Hansen at Somerset Park. Team: Nelson, Duffy, Robertson, Craig, Wilson, Teale (Reynolds), Hurst, Shepherd (Rogers), Tarrant (Jemson), Hansen.
Match Officials:
Referee: George Salmond
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Roncone
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe

Match Info:
Admission
Adult – £16
Concession – £10
Child (under 16) – £7
Parent & Child – £20

Travel
The River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club are once again running a bus, costing £10 and leaving the pub at 1.15pm. For £20 you can book up for the trips to Airdrie and Brechin on 10th January and save £5.