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Stenhousemuir vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 24th October 2015

On Saturday, The Honest Men are on the road once more as they travel to Ochilview to face Stenhousemuir. Ian McCall’s side extended their unbeaten run in the league to nine games last weekend but had to do it the hard way, fighting back from two-goals down to draw 2-2 against Forfar Athletic.

Stenhousemuir also came from behind to earn a point away from home. Goals from Colin McMenamin and Lewis Small in the 87th and 90th minute earned the Warriors a draw versus Cowdenbeath at Central Park. The result saw Brown Ferguson’s side climb one place in the table to seventh, despite no victory in their last five games.

Stenny strengthened their squad this week with the signing of 36 year old striker Jason Scotland. Capped 41 times from Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland scored five goals in the Premiership for Hamilton Accies last season.

Team News: Captain Nicky Devlin is available after the club successfully appealed the red card he was shown at Forfar. Peter Murphy and Craig Moore are still out.

Ian says: “When they came to Somerset earlier in the season we ended up winning comfortably however they were an attacking threat so we expect it to be an open game. The performance of the guys who came off the bench last week has certainly given us something to think about along with the game being on astroturf. We are delighted to have gone 9 games unbeaten and that is something we want to keep going for as long as possible.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 40
Draws – 17
Stenhousemuir wins – 17

Five of the last six meetings between the sides at Ochilview have ended 1-1 and United are without a win in the last eight games at Stenny stretching back to September 1996.

Last Meeting: The sides shared seven goals when they last met, at Somerset Park at the start of last month. Jordan Preston opened the scoring after just three minutes before a Paddy Boyle own-goal drew Stenny level. Craig Moore, a Jamie Barclay own-goal, Preston again and Ross Caldwell put Ayr 5-1 up before a later consolation from substitute Liam McCroary.

On this day: in 2005 Ayr were defeated 6-0 at Dumbarton. The Honest Men were already 1-0 down in the 32nd minute when Dougie Ramsay and Raymond Logan were both shown red cards for separate incidents, reducing United to nine men for the remainder of the game.

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee – Willie Ferguson
Assistant Referee – Colin Whyte

Match Details:
Admission Prices
Adult: £13 (Stand) / £12 (Terracing)
OAPs & Students: £8 (Stand) / £7 (Terracing)
U16s: Free when accompanied by an adult

With Stenhousemuir’s ‘On the Road’ initiative, Ayr United season ticket holders will gain entry for £10 on production of their 2015/16 season ticket.