Match Preview Ayr United vs. Stranraer Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 28th October 2017, Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United and Stranraer are reaquainted when the Blues make the trip north along the A77 to Somerset Park. United closed the gap on league leaders Raith Rovers last weekend to two points with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Forfar Athletic while Rovers long trip to today’s visitors was abandoned in the 36th minute due to a waterlogged pitch at Stair Park, with the scoreline level.
Ian McCall’s side are the SPFL’s highest goalscorers, averaging nearly three goals per game, but have dropped seven points at home this season and will be looking improve that form at Somerset Park.
Stranraer lie one point adrift of the promotion play-offs in sixth place with a game in hand following last weekend’s abandonment. Stevie Farrell’s side’s biggest win this season came away from home – a 4-0 demolition of Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill in which Scott Agnew scored a hat-trick.
Team News: We have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Ian says: “I am delighted to be going into the game with a full squad to choose from, it certainly gives us plenty to think about after the performance last week. These matches with Stranraer are always hard fought and tend to have plenty of talking points. We must start winning home matches and cutting out errors which are leading to giving away poor goals. Our fans were tremendous at Forfar last week and hopefully they will give the same kind of backing tomorrow.”
Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 30
Draws – 7
Stranraer wins – 8
Last Meeting: A late Paddy Boyle goal earned Ayr the win in a seven-goal thriller at Stair Park in August. Ryan Wallace opened the scoring for the Blues in the 16th minute but Ayr roared into the lead with strikes from McDaid, Moore and Moffat. A quick-fire Ryan Thomson double drew the sides level before Boyles later winner.
Stranraer’s last visit to Somerset Park was the Championship play-off final in May 2016.
On this day: in 1994, United beat Stranraer 2-1 at Somerset Park in the Division 1. More recently, the Honest Men fought back from two goals down to defeat Hamilton at New Douglas park on 29th October 2011. Michael Moffat, John Robertson and a last minute Chris Smith goal stole all three points.
Referee – Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1 – Gavin Harris
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel Graves
Adults – £16 OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10 Under 18s – £5