Jordan Preston hat-trick gets Ayr back to winning ways
Jordan Preston scored a first-half hat-trick as Ayr returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Albion in the Ladbrokes League One clash at Cliftonhill.
The on-loan Blackburn striker took his goal tally to 10 for the season after netting a quick-fire brace early on, first slotting into the bottom corner and then collecting Ryan Stevenson's cross just outside the box and firing into the top of the net to double the lead as the away side made the most of their early chances.
The hosts lost John Gemmell through injury midway through the first half - he was replaced by Callum McRobbie - and Preston was not finished yet as he headed home his side's third from close range two minutes before the break.
The home side also lost Paul Willis due to injury just before the hour mark and Ayr continued to dominate after the break with Michael Wardrope hitting the woodwork deep into the second half, but Albion managed to grab a late consolation as Ally Love netted into the bottom corner after 89 minutes.