On Saturday, Ayr travel to Greenock to for a vital match at both ends of the table. United remain in the relegation play-off position with seven games to go after drawing 0-0 with Stenhousemuir last weekend. The Warriors host Dunfermline at Ochilview.
Title-chasing Morton lost top spot on Tuesday night when Stranraer won their game in hand at Stirling Albion. Jim Duffy’s men went top at the start of March with a 4-0 home win over Albion but have lost back-to-back games since. Ton haven’t lost three leagues games in a row this season.
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Ian says: “Morton are a big team in this league, they are where we should be. Our performances at home in the last two games against Airdrie and particularly against Stenhousemuir were excellent however with 7 games left its not about performances now. On Saturday at Cappielow we want to have the same level of performance, play the same way, hopefully get that wee bit of luck that weve been missing and most importantly be more clinical with our finishing. I know we will have the backing of our fans and we’ll be doing everything to get them a result.”
Team news: Adam Blakeman is serving the second of a two match suspension and Alan Forrest is almost certainly out.
Form: United have taken two points from their last four games and lost their last two on the road. Morton have lost their last two matches, at home to Forfar Athletic and away to Airdrieonians. They were previously unbeaten in eight games.
Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 59 Draws – 31 Greenock Morton wins – 46
United are 2 short of 200 goals against the ‘Ton in the league. The Honest Men went over 10 years without defeat at Cappielow between November 1993 and March 2005 (11 games) but the 1-0 win earlier this season ended a run of five consecutive defeats in Greenock.
Last Meeting: Morgyn Neil opened the scoring when the sides met at Somerset Park in mid-January but Peter MacDonald equalised 10 minutes later. Ayr’s last trip to Cappielow saw United win 1-0 courtesy of a Scott McLaughlin strike.
On this day: in 1973 the Honest Men defeated Heart of Midlothian 2-0 at Somerset Park. United are unbeaten in 80% of their matches played on this date.
Match Officials: Referee – George Salmond
Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Gentles
Parent & Child £15
Under 16’s £3
Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
Concession prices are available to supporters over 65 years old, students in full time education and those who are registered as unemployed. Proof of entitlement must be shown at the turnstile when requested otherwise the full adult price will be due.
Ayr United supporters will be accommodated within the Main Stand and should enter the ground at the turnstiles on East Hamilton Street.
Wheelchair spaces cost £10 which includes admission for a carer or assistant if required. Places are limited, however they can be booked in advance by contacting us on 01475 723571 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car parking is available across from the ground at a cost of £3 per car, and there is limited on-road parking behind the stadium. The nearest train station to Cappielow is Cartsdyke, which is 5 minutes walk from the ground.
With regards to parking, cars are still being parked in a manner which has left the access and exit points for the James Watt Dock Marina blocked despite previous appeals to supporters. As well as the inconvenience caused to Marina clients, this would obviously cause major problems should the emergency services be required to attend the site.
The Marina therefore will be introducing a charge for anyone who still chooses to park there – this will at least mean that parking can be monitored and that their site can operate safely. Stewards will be in attendance from 21st March and a charge of £5 per car will be payable.
Wherever you park, however, please park with consideration and don’t obstruct the access and exits for neighbouring businesses, homes or other parked vehicles.