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Ayr United vs. Peterhead
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 26th September 2015

On Saturday, Ian McCall’s top-of-the-table troops take on Peterhead at Somerset Park, with the gaffer looking for a bumper crowd to cheer on the Honest Men. United have won their last three games and are unbeaten in seven League 1 games.

Peterhead are without a win in their last four matches and on Saturday were beaten 3-2 at home to Brechin City, the Hedgemen’s first win of the season. The result leaves the Blue Toon in seventh position with nine points.

Rory McAllister found the net for the 12th time this season at the weekend against his former club and was joined on the scoresheet by Shane Sutherland, a summer signing from Elgin City. Making his debut for Peterhead against Brechin was former Dundee,Portsmouth, Swindon and Celtic midfielder Simon Ferry.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available.

Ian says: “This will be a completely different type of game to the last two we have faced. Against Dunfermline and Airdrie, Dunfermline especially, we would have been the underdog so now we are back at Somerset and on a good run we will be the favourites to win. Its a different type of pressure for us however we are on a very good run which even stretches back to the end of last season and everyone wants us to keep that going. We are at home and we will be looking for the 3 points that keeps us top of the league.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 2
Draws – 6
Peterhead wins – 6

United scored seven goals against Peterhead last season – but picked up just one point against Jim McInally’s side. Included in that tally is a 3-2 defeat at Somerset Park later declared void after the visitors fielded Reece Donaldson when the defender was suspended. Including that game, the Blue Toon are unbeaten on their last six trips to Ayrshire.

Last Meeting: Ayr raced to a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Alan Forrest and Jordan Preston when the sides met at Somerset Park in April – but Peterhead ended up 4-2 winners. Andy Rodgers, a double from Jordan Brown and Gary McDonald netting for the Blue Toon.

On this day: in 2009 the Honest Men beat Raith Rovers 1-0 at Somerset Park courtesy of a goal from Kenny Connolly.

Match Officials:
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee – Colin McDonald

Match Details:
Entry is £15 for adults, £8 for concessions and £18 for parent and child.

Peterhead supporters can receive £2 off admission if they bring their 2015/16 season ticket – adults only.