United are on the road on Saturday, travelling east to face Stenhousemuir. Ian McCall’s first home match in charge ended in a draw last time out but there are no shortage of incentives to record a first win in four months this weekend: three points at Ochilview will see the Honest Men climb out the relegation play-off spot at the expense of Scott Booth’s side.
Stenhousemuir were narrowly defeated 1-0 away to Forfar Athletic last weekend.
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Ian says: “We are really looking forward to Saturdays game as it gives us the huge incentive of moving up a place with a win followed by two home games on the bounce. If we can win on Saturday I feel we can start looking up the way. We have had Stenhousemuir watched and I also know a few of their players so we know how they are likely to play. Our players have impressed me in training and theres a freshness there now that we have a few new faces. We are looking for them to have gained confidence from the way they finished the game last week.”
Team news: Peter Murphy has started light training and should be back within a fortnight. Martyn Campbell is still out and Kevin McKinlay has left the club. Sean McKenzie and Peter McGill are both out with injuries. Craig Beattie is back in the squad for Saturday and Ryan Nisbet has been added to the squad after impressing in the development league.
Brian Gilmour is set to make his 50th appearance for the club.
It is 14 matches since Stenny’s last draw – they have won four and lost ten since, including their last three games. The Warriors have lost their last four at home.
United are without a win in 13 games. United ended their last 13 game winless streak with a 4-0 away win versus Morton in March 2006. Paul Weaver, Keiran McAnespie and Gareth Wardlaw (2) were on the scoresheet.
Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 34 Draws – 14 Stenhousemuir wins – 26
Five of the last 10 meetings between the sides have ended 1-1. United have just one win in 12 versus the Warriors.
Last Meeting: Stenny’s 3-2 win at Somerset Park in December proved to be Mark Roberts’s last in charge of the club. Colin McMenamin netted a hat-trick for the visitors and has 11 goals for the season. It was a 1-1 draw when the sides met at Ochilview at the start of September.
On this day: United’s last fixture on this date was in 2004 away to Ross County. The match ended 1-1 with Stewart Kean equalising in the second-half. Ayr have a 50% win rate on January 24th .
Match Officials: Referee: Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris Assistant Referee 2: Matthew MacDermid
Adults – £12
Concessions – £7
The River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club bus leaves at 11.45am. Cost is £10. Seats from Tam on 07585 838685 or Jamie on 07792747354.