Six wins out of six, undefeated with a third of the league campaign over and clear top of the Premiership by four points.
But oh boy, did Ayr make their fans sweat before they clinched the four points in an enthralling match against Heriot’s at Millbrae.
The game started at breakneck speed, chances for both sides in the opening minutes, a hit on Ayr skipper Callum Forrester from Fraser Brown that could have been felt as far away as Dunure, some sublime moves by Ayr, all the home backs in a ruck with every forward poised outside in midfield and the game was only 10 minutes old.
The first score was off a Nick Cox drive, Forrester’s link and Hayden Wisnewski’s clinical finish then five minutes later, with Heriot’s lock Russell Nimmo in the bin, a scalding Robbie Fergusson break put Scott Sutherland in for his fifth try of the season.
Peter Jericevich was wide with both conversions but Ayr continued to pressurise a gutsy Heriot’s defence and with ace striker Marc Teague having limped off, Ayr looked good for more points before the break.
Heriot’s regrouped, however, and Ayr started to go off the boil and after an uncharacteristic miss on the half hour, Heriot’s skipper Graham Wilson goaled two penalties in the last 10 minutes of the half to bring Heriot’s right back into it at only 10-6 adrift at the break.
Three minutes into the second half, Craig Gossman sliced through and a class offload put Ross Curle racing in for Jecerivich to add the conversion and again Ayr looked to be cruising, particularly when Grant Anderson, Curle, Jericevich and Craig Gossman combined in a bewildering move of pace and intuition which ended just short but then disaster struck.
Off a trademark Nick Cox burst, Kerr Gossman was away and only a fantastic cover tackle by Sam Hidalgo Cline pulled the wing down short but applause for a supreme piece of rugby, both attack and defence, soon died when it was realised that Gossman was seriously injured.
He left the field in obvious pain and was replaced by Gavin Lowe and the Ayr momentum slowed discernibly with worse to follow.
Two yellow cards for Colin White then Denford Mutamagira which seemed a bit harsh left Ayr with 13 players for six minutes and Heriot’s took full advantage.
A massive drive with the outstanding Jason Hill at the heart then a strike against the head resulted in Struan Cessford crashing over for Wilson to convert and reduce the margin to four points.
Ayr now had to dig deep and, as they did at Melrose the week before, they held out against a Heriot’s pack who scented blood.
It was down to youngster Gavin Lowe to pull off a try saving tackle on Colin Goudie in the closing minutes to ensure that the points, after a match which earned huge plaudits for both sides, eventually went to Ayr.
Coach Kenny Murray was relieved with the win but concerned about Kerr Gossman’s injury.
“He suffered a fracture and a dislocation of his wrist and had surgery on Saturday night so sadly it looks as though he will be out for a while” said Murray.
Meanwhile, Jericevich has been selected for Scotland 7s and is off to Australia this week while D’Arcy Rae has been named in the Scotland under 20 squad.
On Saturday, Ayr head to Raeburn Place to face Edinburgh Accies and looking to continue their hot start.