Sunday, 30 September 2012

Ayr Utd 3 v 0 Brechin City - 29/09/2012

Nostalgia is probably a good place to start on this one. 10 years ago I moved to Ayr, 6 years ago, I left. I spent many an evening or a Saturday afternoon watching Ayr Utd and Somerset Park remains one of my favourite grounds. However, it's not all personal nostalgia. Somerset Park is a proper old school ground. There's no identikit stands and vast concrete concourses here, there's terracing, floodlight pylons and the bovril is served in old fashioned white styro-foam cups. This ground is one for the football purists.

The ground is terraced on three sides with two covered stands behind each goalmouth. One of the ends houses the away fans, of which there were 8 in the crowd of 993 yesterday. The main stand is quite old although it has been slightly extended in more recent times to accommodate a family section. The majority of the Ayr fans congregated behind the goal or as yesterday was dry, along the uncovered enclosure at the side of the pitch. I always find Somerset Park has a good atmosphere with passionate fans who shout for every decision, and there were plenty of decisions to shout for yesterday!

Both teams came into the match at the wrong end of Division 2 with Brechin having lost their last three matches, Ayr had secured their first win of the season the previous weekend away at East Fife so they were looking to put together the beginnings of a good run of results. The game had a bright start and was quite open but it didn't take long for the first controversial decision to come along with the referee judging that Ayr defender Austin McCann had handled the ball on the line after 15 minutes. The players and fans were incensed but the goalkeeper saved the resultant spot kick. To be honest, Ayr didn't look like the team with 10 men for the rest of the match. They dominated and Brechin's defence were continually caught out defending so far up the pitch. Ayr soon took the lead and plugged away and were rewarded with another two goals in the second half. The second goal, from where I was standing didn't look like it was near to going over the goal line but the linesman gave it. That said, the second goal wasn't undeserved, Ayr played some really good football and more than deserved the three points

Ayr, as a town, is much like many Scottish market towns, a bit run down and in need of a bit of freshening up however, there's some good friendly pubs and there are some parts of the town undergoing some regeneration. Our pick of the pubs was the Tam O'Shanter on the Main Street which is just 5 minutes from the train station. There aren't really any pubs next to the ground which is about a 15 minute walk from the train station. Ayr Station is served by two trains per hour from Glasgow Central and the journey takes around 50-55 minutes.

Match Attendance - 993

Ticket Cost - £15

Train Ticket - £10 return from Glasgow

Pies £1.50 (Mince Pie - edible, was falling apart, and a bit soggy 2/5)

Bovril £1

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