Match Preview v Brechin

Ayr United will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Angus to face Brechin City. The Honest Men fell to their first league defeat of the season last weekend, a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Stranraer, a result which saw Dunfermline and Forfar join them at the top of the table on 10 points.

Brechin sit a point behind Ayr in fourth spot but remain unbeaten, with two wins and three draws from their five fixtures. Last weekend they ran out comfortable winners against Stirling Albion, winning 5-0 at Forthbank.

Team News: We have a full squad available for selection.

Marko says: “The players have been really upbeat in training this week and are really looking forward to getting back on the pitch. Against Stranraer we just didn’t quite have the same spark that weve had in previous games and we have worked on getting that back. We are under no illusions as to how difficult it will be up there but if we play to our capabilities then we know teams will fear us rather than the other way around.”

Head-to-Head (at Glebe Park):
Ayr United wins: 21
Draws: 7
Brechin wins: 19

Brechin City have not lost to Ayr United since Ray McKinnon took charge of the team in October 2012. United are lost five of the seven meetings between the sides since but have scored in each game.

Last Meeting: An Alan Forrest goal with 15 minutes remaining was not enough to earn Ayr a point the last time the sides met, at Glebe Park in April. Goals from Robert Thomson in the 6th minute and Craig Molloy after an hour gave the home side a 2-1 victory. Ayr team: Hutton; Pope, Campbell, Lithgow, Hunter (McAusland, 76); McGowan, Gilmour, McLaughlin, Malcolm; Moffat, Kyle (Forrest, 45)

Stats:
– Saturday is the 80th league meeting between Ayr United and Brechin City. The first was in 1937 and ended Ayr United 8, Brechin City 1
– Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon was in charge of Lochee United when the Dundee Junior side played Ayr in the Scottish Cup in 2008/09.

On this day: Ayr United has a 50% win rate on 20th September and an overall record of P14, W7, D2, L5. The last match the Honest Men played on this date was away to Ross County in 2003. Stephen Whalen and Scott Chaplain scored for Ayr in a 2-2 draw. Sean Higgins had put the Staggies 2-0 up after just 14 minutes.

Match Officials:
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Assistant: Gavin Harris
Assistant: Chris Fordyce

Match Info:
Admission:
Adults: £12
Concessions: £6
Parent & Child £15

Travel:
A supporters bus is leaving the River Cottage at 10.30am. Contact the River Cottage on 01292 287923 or Jamie on 07792747354 for details.