We play our first home game of the season on Saturday as Ayr United visit Forthbank for a League 1 fixture. Greig McDonald’s side are looking to build on the 1-1 draw against Peterhead at Balmoor in what is our only home SPFL match until we face Brechin on September 13.
Team news: Steven Doris is out after picking up an injury at Peterhead last weekend but skipper Darren Smith and defender Ross McGeachie return. Midfielder Willie Robertson is free of suspension. Ayr have a doubt over former Stenhousemuir full-back Kevin McKinlay, who moved from Ochilview during the summer. Attacking midfielder Dale Shirkie, who was previously with Motherwell, joined Ayr on Friday.
Opponents: Ayr finished fourth in League 1 last season but lost to Cowdenbeath in the play-offs. Mark Roberts’ side kicked off 2014/15 with a Petrofac Training Cup defeat to Clyde at Broadwood but beat East Stirlingshire 4-0 at Ochilview to set up a League Cup second-round tie at Rugby Park on August 26. A Ryan Donnelly goal gave them a 1-0 win over Morton in their League 1 opener at Somerset Park.
Past meetings: It is five years since we played Ayr, with the Honest Men winning 2-1 after extra time in a League Cup first-round tie at Forthbank. The clubs were last in the same division in 2008/09 when it was a win apiece and two draws – Martin Grehan and Ryan McCord got the goals when we won 2-0 at Forthbank in January 2009. Ayr United were the visitors to Annfield for the first match on our plastic pitch back in September 1987 – the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £8, U17s £5. U12s FREE!
Ayr fans: Will be housed in the East Stand
Magazine: First chance to buy the August issue, priced £3
Lottery: Tickets on sale before the game. Jackpot now £18,000!
Club shop: Find us in the West Stand. Open before the game
Parking: The Stirling Highland Games will mean additional pressure on parking around Forthbank
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrie v Peterhead, Brechin v Stenhousemuir, Forfar v Dunfermline, Morton v Stranraer
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Alloa – Petrofac Training Cup R2 – 19/08/14
Next game v Ayr: Somerset Park – 20/12/14