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Saturday, October 21, 2017

East Fife are back on the road this weekend as we make the trip to the west coast to face Ayr United.

The Fifers are on a good run of form at the moment with back-to-back wins against Airdrieonians and Forfar Athletic who were comfortably dispatched last time out. Kyle Wilkie, Mark Lamont and Paul Willis are in line for a return to the squad for this weekend after missing the last match with captain Kevin Smith the only player unavailable to manager Darren Young. Ayr United got back to winning ways last weekend with 2-0 victory over Queen’s Park after 4 defeats on the bounce.

Recent meeting between the sides don’t make for easy reading for the Fifers. The last meeting between the sides was on the final day of the 2013/2014 season at Somerset Park. East Fife were sitting second bottom of League 1 going into the match, one point ahead of 10th placed Arbroath, and to match their result to avoid automatic relegation. Things didn’t go to plan with Ayr running out 4-1 winners thanks to a hattrick from Craig Malcolm and a 75 minutes strike from Brian Gilmour with Liam Buchanan grabbing a late consolation for the visitors. East Fife were saved from automatic relegation on this occasion as Arbroath failed to take anything from their match with Airdrieonians.

Our last win over Ayr United was back in December 2012 when, after being 2-0 down at the break, a tremendous second half comeback saw us claim a 3-2 victory at Somerset Park curtesy of a double from Scott McBride and a last-minute winner from centre-half David White.

The hosts are holding their annual armed forced day tomorrow and invite service personnel to the game for free on production of a valid ID and if they are in uniform.