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Peterhead vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 19th December 2015

Ayr United will look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats at home to Dunfermline Athletic when they face Peterhead on Saturday. Ian McCall’s side will make the journey north tonight (Friday) ahead of a match where only a win will guarantee they stay within three points of the Pars, who host Stenhousemuir, at the top of the table.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally became Scottish football’s longest serving manager with the departure of Dick Campbell from Forfar last weekend. McInally has been in charge at Balmoor since October 2011. His side are unbeaten in their last six league matches and have lost only once at home this season, by Brechin in September.

Last Saturday, Peterhead recorded a draw at Brechin. Leighton McIntosh scored for the Blue Toon after just seven minutes – his ninth goal of the season – but the Glebe Park side equalised with 10 minutes to go. The result left Peterhead in fourth place in the League 1 table, eleven points behind Ayr.

Team News: Ross Docherty is out after injuring himself in last weeks game with Dunfermline. Everyone else is available to play.

Ian says: “I have said from the start of the season that Peterhead will be in the playoffs and I stand by that. They are a good side and its an extremely difficult place to go. It will be a real test for us however we have lost once in 15 matches and we have to move on from last week and remember how good a side we are. We go into every game looking to win and this one is no different. Even at this time of year we will take a good support up there and we want to send them home partying after a win.”

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

Last Meeting: Honours were even when the sides met in Ayrshire in September. Nicky Devlin opened the scoring but Jim McInally’s side earned a point with Jamie Redman’s late equaliser.
United lost 2-0 on both visits to Balmoor last season.

On this day: in 1998, Ayr defeated Hamilton Accies 5-0 at Somerset Park when Glynn Hurst netted a hat-trick and Andy Walker a double. Former United midfielder Darren Henderson was sent-off for the visitors with the score at 3-0. In 10 matches on 19th December the Honest Men have yet to be involved in a draw.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee – Gavin Harris
Assistant Referee – Greg Soutar

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £12
Concessions (12-16 year olds/Seniors 65+/Students) – £6