PIRATES FACE BUSY WEEKEND
Paisley Pirates face a testing weekend, having two matches within 24 hours as they first travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday to take on the local Thunder, before returning to Braehead Arena for a difficult looking fixture against Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday (face off 6.00pm).
The club is looking to record two wins to continue their climb up the league table after a delayed start, and Head Coach Ian Turley has no illusions about the difficulty presented by the two matches. “Kilmarnock is always a rink we travel to with a little trepidation,” he commented. “as it’s it’s not an easy rink for us to play on, being much smaller than the wide open spaces we’re more used to.”
“Kilmarnock Thunder are a new side who only came into the league this year and they’ve had a difficult start, but in my view that simply makes them a harder proposition as they’ll be even more determined to give a good account of themselves and I’m sure the idea of turning us over is a prospect that will give them a very strong motivation to do well.”
Turning his attention to the home match on Sunday, Turley continued, “I know we beat the Capitals 5-2 at their place a fortnight ago, and we played very well to come away with the win. However, that game has absolutely no bearing on how events might pan out this weekend. Edinburgh Capitals have a very good record at Braehead Arena, indeed, they were the only team to beat us there last season when we won the league, so that illustrates very clearly what a tough game this will be for us on Sunday. They always make it very hard for us in our own rink so we will require to be at our very best if we want to tie up the two points. We need our supporters to turn out in numbers and give us the backing we know they’re capable of providing.”
“I feel the ideas which Adam Walker and myself are putting across to the players, many of whom are only discovering now just how big a club they are playing for, are beginning to make a difference as we can both see improvements in what they are doing. This weekend will give us a double chance to see if that improvement is continuing as we look to consolidate on the good start that we have made.”