PIRATES HEAD SOUTH
Paisley Pirates head south on the A74 this Sunday to take on Solway Stingrays in the return of the league match at Braehead Arena in November when the Renfrewshire side recorded a big win, but Head Coach Ian Turley is taking nothing for granted.
“Yes, we beat them comfortably at Braehead earlier in the season,“ he said, “but what you tend to find with new teams is that they improve very quickly as they get more games together, and I’ve no doubt that’s what we’ll find when we line up against them at the Dumfries Ice Bowl this Sunday (face off 5.30pm). They also won their first match last weekend, beating Kilmarnock Thunder, and when you’ve been turning up week after week, only to lose, then you get your first win, the difference it makes to your confidence and morale is huge.”
“Adam (Walker) and I have been drumming it into the squad that regardless of how our opponents play, we have a standard of performance to maintain. Our level has been pretty good so far this season, but in being consistent to a good standard, you have to keep that going regardless of who the opposition is, and, indeed, look to raise it whenever you can. When you are playing to a consistently high level then the results will come, regardless of the opposition, and I think we proved that last week in beating Aberdeen, one of the top teams in the SNL, 6-3. Sure, Adam got a lot of well deserved credit for going nap with 5 goals out of the 6, but what people shouldn’t forget is that the other guys in the team were contributing towards the plays that got us 6 goals and which kept our opponents to 3. This year has been all about team performances, and continuing to produce good ones, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do every time we go out onto the ice.”