After two postponed Cup games, Ayr are getting back to RBS Premiership duty with a tough encounter at Bridgehaugh on Saturday. They take on Stirling County, who will be feeling confident after a great away win last week over Bedwas in the British and Irish Cup.
"Bridgehaugh has proved a difficult hunting ground for us in recent years," concedes Ayr head coach Kenny Murray, "and we anticipate a hard, physical match. Our defensive organisation will have to be at its best to close out some of their danger men such as Sean Kennedy, Stevie Swindall and Ben Addison."
Stirling's squad is boosted by the inclusion of Glasgow Warriors' players Alex Dunbar and the very familiar figure of Mark Bennett, a former Ayr favourite.
"Our boys will be very keen to welcome him back to league action!" enthuses Murray. "To win, though, we need a big performance from our pack and game control from our half-backs. It should be a real cracker of a game."
Team (subject to change on match day):
Grant Anderson, Richard Dalgleish, Robbie Fergusson, Dean Kelbrick, Craig Gossman; Finn Russell, Peter Jericevich; Denford Mutamangira, Hayden Wisnewski, Nick Cox; Nick Campbell, Scott Sutherland; Colin White, Andrew Dunlop, Calum Forrester (capt.).
Replacements: Stuart Fenwick, D'arcy Rae, Graham Fisken, Murray McConnell, Ross Curle.
- Elena Hogarth