Tennant’s Premiership Preview: Ayr look to continue unbeaten start

By Gregor Hynds

Peter Murchie will be looking to make it eight wins in as many matches this Sunday, as his Ayr side travel to Glasgow to take on the Hawks in a 3pm kick-off.

The west coast side have began the season in fantastic form under their new head coach. Ayr have won all their fixtures in pretty convincing fashion, with their smallest margin of victory being by eight points against Heriot’s last month. They will feel confident going into this fixture, as their opponents have recorded just two wins this season, while also having the second worst defensive record in the Premiership. While nothing is certain, its very likely when the leagues most free scoring team comes to Glasgow, they will be looking for a almost certain bonus point.

So Four changes have come into the side, with Paddy Kelly coming into the centre, Jamie Bova coming in on the wing for Kyle Rowe (per protocol), with Marshall Skyes and Robbie Smith coming back into the side as well.  While the Hawks have made a host of changes as they look to cause a shock this Saturday.

Else where there is in the Friday night fixture, fifth place Watsonians host bottom side Edinburgh Academical. The travelling side from the capital are still looking for their first win of the season when they take the field at 19:45 tonight. The hosts will be looking to climb the table and place themselves into the play-off spots as we approach the halfway mark of the season.

Staying in the play-off topic, current fourth place side Heriot’s are taking on Boroughmuir, with the visitors having an eye on the match between 2nd and 3rd place giving them a hope of cementing themselves in the title picture. But they won’t have it easy, Boroughmuir who have a very defence and are one of the harder sides in the league to travel to.

Next is most likely the fixture of the weekend, when 3rd placed Currie Chieftains host 2nd place and defending Premiership Champions Melrose tomorrow afternoon. The Champions go into this game looking to bounce back from their 17-17 draw with Heriot’s last week. Currie will be looking for their fourth win on the bounce, as both teams needing to win keep up  with run away leaders Ayr. While this isn’t a deciding fixture, it will surly be one that will have a lot of excitement, as these top sides are wanting to make a statement of intent to carry into the rest of the season.

Finally, Stirling County play Hawick, with Hawick needing a win to put some distance between them and their relegation worries. Stirling on the other hand will be looking to climb back into the play-off talk. So both teams will view this as a must win match as they look to solidify their aspirations for the rest of the season.




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