On Saturday, Stenhousemuir are the visitors to Somerset Park in a vital match at the foot of League 1. Ten-man Ayr missed the opportunity to climb out of the dreaded play-off spot on Tuesday night when they were defeated by Airdrie but know a win against the Warriors will see the sides switch positions.
Former midfielder Brown Ferguson took over from Scott Booth at the start of February and has led Stenhousemuir to back-to-back victories for the first time since August 2013. After a 1-0 win over Stranraer, on Saturday Stenny beat Peterhead 2-1 to leapfrog Ayr in the table into eighth. Josh Watt netted the winner in both fixtures, while Colin McMenamen grabbed his fourteenth goal of the season after just 6 minutes against the Blue Toon.
Read on for our match preview:
Team news: Adam Blakeman is suspended after his red card in Tuesday nights match with Airdrie. Alan Forrest and Martyn Campbell will both return to the squad.
United have lost two-in-a-row while Stenhousemuir have won their last two matches, both at Ochilview. They had previously taken just one point from a possible 24. The Warriors have lost their last four on the road.
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 6
Stenhousemuir wins – 10
Stenny have scored nine goals in their last three visits to Somerset Park, winning 2-3 twice and losing 4-3.
Last Meeting: Youngsters Alan Forrest and Paul McMullan traded goals in the last meeting between the sides, the fourth consecutive draw between the sides at Ochilview. Colin McMenamin netted a hat-trick on the Warriors last trip to Somerset Park in a 3-2 win in which proved to be Mark Roberts’s last in charge of the club.
On this day: in 2009 the Honest Men travelled to Kirkcaldy and grabbed a 1-0 win in a top-of-the-table clash courtesy of a David Gormley goal, seconds after the striker came on as a second-half substitute.
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McDonald
Adults £15, concessions £8 and parent and child £18.