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Ayr United vs. Stranraer
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 31st October 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United return to Somerset Park after two away games. Still unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign, the Honest Men are looking to extend an impressive run of form to eleven games without defeat, with old adversaries Stranraer the visitors.

United gaffer Ian McCall is urging fans to turn up in numbers to back the his free­scoring side, which is averaging three goals a game at home.

Stranraer travel north along the A77 on the back of consecutive 3­0 defeats at home to Dunfermline and, last weekend, Cowdenbeath. However, the Blues have won their last two away from home and have found things easier on their travels this season, picking up 9 of their 12 points on the road. Brian Reid’s side sit 8th in the table but are just four points off the promotion play­off positions.

Team News:Peter Murphy returns to the squad. Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour miss out.

Ian says: “Tomorrow we have an ex Ayr manager in the opposition dugout so we know they will be really up for it. We know Stranraer are better than their results and they have a good away record. We also know what we are capable of and everyone wants to keep this run going. It’s a home game and we want three points.”

Head­to­Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins ­ 27 Draws ­ 7
Stranraer wins ­ 8

United are 3 goals short of 100 against Stranraer at home.
Last Meeting: C​raig Moore opened the scoring after 4 minutes when the sides met at Stair Park in August. Alan Trouten doubled United’s advantage, five minutes after Ross Docherty was ordered off in the 72nd minute. Andy Stirling scored a late consolations for Brian Reid’s side.

On this day:​in 1936 United defeated Brechin City 8­1 at Somerset Park. The Honest Men also scored eight against Montrose in and Stenhousemuir that season on the way to a club record 122 goals and the Division 2 Championship.

Match Officials:
Referee ­ Gavin Duncan Assistant Referee ­ Stuart Hodge Assistant Referee ­ Ryan Oliver

Match Details
Admission:
Adults ­ £15 Concessions* ­ £8 Parent & Child ­ £18
* Senior Citizens, Students (with Student ID) and U16s