Match Preview v Brechin

Ayr United welcome Brechin City to Somerset Park on Saturday looking to build on a fine win against Morton last weekend – and turn around a run of three consecutive defeats at home.

Ray McKinnon’s side dropped to seventh in the table last weekend after falling to a 1-2 defeat at home to Stranraer. The loss was their fourth in five games, a run which has seen them concede 14 goals.

Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “Winning at Cappielow last week has given the boys a lot of confidence and we are all looking forward to Saturday and turning round our recent poor home results. Brechin will provide a tough test but we know if the attitude and tempo are right we can win the match. We know if we are going to challenge at the top of the league we need to start winning our home games and everyone is focused on doing that starting on Saturday.”

Team news: Everyone in the squad is fit and available.

Head-to-Head :
Ayr United wins – 47
Draws – 15
Brechin City wins – 31

United have won just one of the last eight meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Ayr and Brechin last met just 35 days ago. The Honest Men won 4-2 at Glebe Park with all six goals coming in the second-half. The Hedgemen’s last trip to Somerset Park was in January when they recorded a 3-1 win. A Kyle McAusland own goal put City 2-0 up after 33 minutes, McAusland is now on loan with the Angus club.

Stats:
– Brechin City defender Gerry McLauchlan has five career goals to his name – four of them against Ayr United.
– City have lost all six league games this season in which they haven’t been leading at half-time.
– United’s away form is the best in the division – but six teams have picked up more points at home than the Honest Men.

On this day: It is three years to the day that a Chris Smith header earned the Honest Men a 1-0 win at Premier League St. Mirren and a place in the League Cup semi-final. Overall, United have a 50% win ratio on 25th October.

Match Officials:
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee 1: John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ainslie

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13