SNL preview: Kerr confident North Ayrshire Wild can turn the corner

North Ayrshire Wild host Moray Typhoons on Saturday aiming to record just their second win of the season.

The two teams met a month ago in Elgin, with the Typhoons running out 5-1 winners.

Wild forward Adam Kerr admits it’s been a difficult first half to the campaign, but he is confident the team will soon start picking up more points.

“We’ve had a rough start to the season coming up against some of the top sides early on and only coming away with a win against Solway Stingrays,” said Kerr.

“We areĀ getting better every week, with the likes of James Wallace and Mark Fowley bringing a lot to the team and working with the boys on what needs to be improved.

“Unfortunately, we lost arguably the best goalkeeper in the league (John Russell), but I cannot fault Scott Beveridge who has stepped up to the mark coming up from Reccie – he’s been outstanding in the games he’s played.

“One of our biggest downfalls is that we’re struggling to score, but I’m confident with the talent we have in the team we’ll get the results I feel we deserve.

“We played Kilmarnock Storm at the weekend, losing 4-0 to a team who’ve strengthened since our first meeting at the start of the season.

“A few games we have held out the opposition and given them a great game until the third period when we lose composure.

“With such a young team of players this is their first insight of what it’s like playing in the SNL and no-one has backed away from the challenge.

“Moray is always a hard game away and we didn’t finish our chances, hitting the post a few times.

“With the performances we’ve been giving the past couple weeks at training and in games, I’m confident that this Saturday we will get the win at Auchenharvie.”

Aberdeen Lynx visit Edinburgh Capitals SNL on Saturday hoping to strengthen their title hopes.

Lynx have lost just twice this season to Dundee Tigers and Dundee Comets, but forward Iain Malcolm is confident the team can stay in the mix.

“Our season so far has been predominantly positive,” he said. “Our loss against the Tigers was tough to take and that same fixture last year cost us in the long run.

“That aside, we’ve had some great wins against Paisley and Kirkcaldy and Owen (Reynolds) has us well drilled. We’ve got some big characters in the locker room who always keep spirits high, and I think that’s illustrated every time we head out on the ice.

“A lot of boys up here have work commitments, working offshore and so on, meaning that our line-up changes weekly which is a challenge in itself.

“The defeat by the Comets at home hurt for various reasons, but we fluctuated in and out of the game, predominately due to penalties and they capitalised on their chances. We’ve just got to hold ourselves accountable and move on.

“I think there’s six teams that on their day could beat anyone, so we are geared up for an interesting second half of the season. All teams are going to slip up at some point, so we just have to stay hungry and focus on each game as they come.

“I missed the game last weekend, but a solid win over Moray puts us back in good stride for Edinburgh on Saturday. They are never an easy team to play and we’ve had mixed success against them over the past few years.

“We’re looking to finish off the year with two big wins to keep us in amongst title contention and we’re all looking forward to the trip to the capital.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Comets v Kilmarnock Thunder
Edinburgh Capitals SNL v Aberdeen Lynx
Kilmarnock Storm v Dundee Tigers
North Ayrshire Wild v Moray Typhoons

Sunday

Moray Typhoons v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Paisley Pirates v Kilmarnock Thunder

(Image permission: Stuart Gardiner)