Match Preview Raith Rovers vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes Championship Saturday 6th May 2017
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers knowing only a five-goal victory will save the Honest Men from finishing 10th in the Championship and an immediate return to League 1.
United failed to capitalise on Rovers’ 5-0 defeat away to St. Mirren last Saturday and former Ayr skipper John Hughes’s side go into this game needing a win, coupled with a defeat for the Buddies away to Hibernian, to avoid the relegation play-offs.
Despite Rovers’ poor run of form they have remained resolute at home and are unbeaten at Starks Park in their last five games, picking up wins against St. Mirren, Dundee United and Morton while drawing with Queen of the South and Hibernian.
Team News: Michael Rose is suspended. Robbie Crawford is out injured and everyone else is available.
Ian says: “We know what we have to do so we are going there to attack and score goals. Of course it is unlikely to win by 5 goals but football can produce strange results at this time of the season. While we still have a chance we will be doing everything we can to get the goals we need. I would also like to thank those supporters that have followed us away from this season, the numbers and noise have been fantastic and it is hugely appreciated.”
Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 49 Draws – 44 Raith Rovers wins – 48
Saturday will be the 150th meeting between Ayr United and Raith Rovers in all competitions.
The Honest Men have lost in just one of their last 10 visits to Starks Park, winning five and drawing four.
Last meeting: Farid El Alagui scored the only goal in the last meeting between the sides at the end of February, a match notable for the fact Rovers selected Ryan Stevenson between the posts. Rovers won 2-0 at Somerset Park on the opening weekend of the league campaign back in August with goals from Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews while a late Gary Harkins free-kick earned United a draw in the return fixture at Starks Park. Joel Coustrain had opened the scoring and Kyle Benedictus and Paul Cairney were both sent off.
On this day: United are unbeaten in the four league games they have played on this date, winning 3 and drawing 1. Our biggest win was a 4-1 victory over Berwick Rangers in 1963.
Match Officials: Referee – Steven McLean, Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather, Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen
£5 for adults. £2 for up to two children accompanied by an adult.
Our supporters will be housed in the North stand (the away stand) and fans can pay at the turnstiles however if you are taking children then £2 tickets need to be purchased from the ticket pod outside the away stand.