Ayr United and Peterhead meet for the first time in three-and-a-half years on Saturday with both clubs looking to forget regrettable performances last weekend. United dropped from the top of the League 1 table to third in the space of just 10 minutes as Airdrieonians fought back to condem the Honest Men to a second successive home defeat. Meanwhile, Peterhead found themselves reduced to eight men before half-time at East End Park, eventually going down 3-0.
Last season’s League 2 Champions have made a reasonable start to the campaign and occupy seventh place with eight points from their seven games.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “Martyn Campbell, Peter Murphy and Josh McArthur are all unavailable through injury. Alan Forrest will be assessed at training on Thursday night and is touch and go. Everyone else is available. We are under no illusions as to how difficult it would be up there, not many teams in the last few years have gone to Peterhead and won. Peterhead were also doing very well at Dunfermline until the game turned with the red cards. Theres no doubt our team is weakened with the injuries that we have in defence however we know we still have plenty of quality in our side and will be going up there to win the match.”
Head-to-Head (at Balmoor):
Ayr United wins – 5
Draws – 2
Peterhead wins – 4
United are unbeaten in their last six matches against Peterhead and have won on each of their last three visits to Balmoor, scoring nine goals in the process.
Last Meeting: Ayr and Peterhead last faced each other in March 2011. Goals either side of half-time from Alan Trouten and Michael Moffat gave the Honest Men a 2-1 victory.
– The Blue Toon have lost just two league games at home in the past 18 months.
– United have the best away form in League 1.
– Peterhead right-back Graeme Sharp is set to make his final appearance for the Blue Toon before moving to Greece. The 30-year old has made 327 appearances for the club since signing from Montrose in 2005. Sharp has scored seven goals against Ayr and been shown two red cards.
On this day: United play their first game match on October 4th since Peterhead were the visitors to Somerset Park in 2008. Ryan Stevenson and Alex Williams scored the goals in a 2-0 victory, preserving our 50% win ratio on this date.
Referee: Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Carr
Assistant Referee 2: Willie Ferguson
Adults – £12
Concessions – £6
The River Cottage AUTC are running a bus to Peterhead. To book call Tam on 07585 328685 or Jamie on 07792 747354. Cost is just £16, leaving Ayr at 8am.