NORTHERN LIGHTS BECKON
Paisley Pirates look forward to possibly their toughest match of the season so far as they head North on Saturday to take on the in-form Aberdeen Lynx in a match which will be the pick of the weekend fixtures. They go there after racking up their biggest win of the season so far, a 15-0 rout of North Ayr Wild last Saturday, while the hosts are coming off an excellent 6-2 home win against the Edinburgh SNL Capitals.
“We’re anticipating probably our hardest fixture of the year to date,” said coach Ian Turley. “Aberdeen did of course knock us out on penalties in last year’s play-offs and went on to win them, they’ve further strengthened their squad since then, and they’ll be playing in front of a partisan sell out crowd, all of which makes our task very difficult. We’ve had a decent record up there, they beat us by the odd goal in nine in the league last year, while we went back in the Scottish Cup and beat them 2-0 in the semi-final., so I think it’s fair to say the spectators are in for a good night. We’re taking a goodly number of supporters through as well, so I think there will be a special atmosphere on the night too.”
“We go there with the greatest respect for the Lynx and what they’ve achieved in recent years,” he went on, “but, equally, we know they’ll have respect for where we are and what we’ve been doing over a number of years. We had another big win at the weekend, so we’ll be going there with the confidence that a winning run brings, but like I’ve said before, every team wants to be the first to lower your colours, so it looks like being quite a match.”
“I can only say, we’ll prepare for it as we’ve done for every other opponent this season. The goals are being spread around the lines so far, and, equally as important, the defence isn’t giving anything away, and that’s the kind of combination you want to have when you go to a difficult venue, which the Lynx arena has now become. We’re capable of scoring regardless of who’s on the ice at any given time, and we’ve been tight at the back so far, so Saturday is going to be another interesting experience!”