On Saturday, the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup kicks off with Alloa Athletic the visitors to Somerset Park. United will be looking to bounce back from four consecutive home defeats by booking their place in the next round.
Standing in their way are Alloa, who climbed off the foot of the Championship table last weekend with a 1-1 draw at Raith Rovers. The point ended a run of four consecutive league defeats for Barry Smith’s side. The Wasps have already tasted success against League 1 opposition this season, knocking Stirling Albion and Morton out of the Challenge Cup on their way to the semi-finals.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “Last Saturdays performance was unacceptable. Too many players had an off day. Against Morton we were excellent and we need to get back to that level of performance. I always loved playing in the Scottish Cup, its a great competition and with some decent draws you are only a few games away from a major semi final. Alloa are playing at a level above us and are facing quality sides every week in the Championship so we know how difficult its going to be. Our job will be to make it as uncomfortable for them as possible and create a real Scottish Cup tie. Form goes out the window in these games and we will put in a much improved performance from last week.”
Team news: Mikey Donald is out with shoulder damage however the rest of the squad are available.
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 8
Alloa Athletic wins – 12
The Honest Men and the Wasps have met three times in the Scottish Cup, with all three games at Recreation Park. Alloa were 2-1 winners in 1939 and again 1982 but United recorded a 3-0 win in 1998 thanks to an Ian Ferguson hat-trick.
Last Meeting: The sides last met in April 2013 at Somerset Park where Alloa recorded a 2-0 win.
– United are on their longest losing streak at home since 2010 when they suffered six consecutive defeats at Somerset Park (five at the end of season 2009/10 and one at the start of season 2010/11);
– 1st November is the earliest date at which Ayr United have entered the Scottish Cup since 1954/55. That season United faced Cowdenbeath in the fourth round of the competition on 23rd October 1954, eventually winning through after two replays;
– In the last 17 seasons, Ayr have negotiated past their first Scottish Cup tie on 15 occasions.
On this day: Ayr United have played 13 times on 1st November, winning seven times most recently versus Arbroath in 2008. Goals from Martyn Campbell, Willie Easton and Bryan Prunty in the first 22 minutes earned the Honest Men a 3-0 win at Gayfield.
Referee: Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2: Colin McDonald
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13
Season tickets are not valid for this game.