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Ayr United vs. Stenhousemuir
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th January 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United return to competitive action at Somerset Park for the first time in over a month when fifth placed Stenhousemuir are the visitors. Ian McCall’s men go into the game on the back of a fine 3-1 victory away to Albion Rovers last weekend which closed the gap to leaders Dunfermline Athletic to seven points. The Pars, however, can re-establish their advantage when they host Airdrieonians on Friday night.

Stenhousemuir won last time out away to Forfar, Stephen Stirling netting on the stroke of half-time. With their previous match at home to Brechin City abandoned at half-time due to heavy snow, Saturday will be the Warriors’ fifth consecutive on the road.

Brown Ferguson has added to his squad in recent weeks with the signing of keeper Graham Bowman on loan from Falkirk but striker Jason Scotland’s comeback from a hamstring problem lasted just three minutes last week before he broke down again.

Team News: Robbie Crawford and Brian Gilmour are back to full fitness. Jamie Adams and Gerry McLauchlan are both back in the squad.

Ian says:”we were delighted with the win last week and it sets us up nicely to get back to Somerset. Stenhousemuir are play off candidates so we know how difficult the game will be. Conditions are expected to be tough which isn’t ideal however we are used to playing in them now! Hopefully the crowd will get behind us.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 16
Stenhousemuir wins – 26

The Warriors have won only one of the last six meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Ayr have won both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Ochilview in October thanks to an early Ross Caldwell goal and 5-2 in the reverse fixture at Somerset Park at the start of September. United were 3-1 up at half-time after goals from Jordan Preston, Craig Moore and Jamie Barclay and Paddy Boyle own goals. Preston added a second after the break before Ross Caldwell and Liam McCroary traded late goals.

On this day: The Honest Men have a disappointing record, with just three wins from 11 games played on this date. Our last fixture played on January 30th was versus St. Mirren where a Junior Mendes goal gave the Buddies a 1-0 win at Love Street.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen

Admission:
Adults – £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8
Parent & Child Gate – £18

Stenhousemuir season-ticket holders can gain entry for £13 on production of their 2015/16 season-ticket.