SNL preview: Kirkcaldy aiming to end the year on a high against Paisley

Kirkcaldy Kestrels host Paisley Pirates on Saturday aiming to strengthen their grip on top spot in the SNL.

The Kestrels currently lead the standings by two points from Aberdeen Lynx, with Dundee Comets a further point behind in third place.

Paisley are fourth in the table, two points adrift of Dundee but with games in hand on the trio above them.

Kirkcaldy have won six in a row since a 5-0 defeat at Aberdeen at the end of October and forward Allan Anderson is hoping to end 2017 on high with another victory this weekend.

“This game can’t come quick enough for us – it’s our biggest of the season to date and we’re working hard at training in preparation,” he said.

“We’ve been on a really good run recently, after a blip up in Aberdeen a few weeks back, but I believe that actually helped us pick our game up.

“Paisley look like a different team this year and will be well drilled and hard working. We know what we are capable of though and we will do whatever it takes to get maximum points on Saturday.”

Paisley, who have lost just once this season, head into the Kirkcaldy game on the back of a hard-fought 3-3 draw against the Comets.

Forward Adam Walker weighed in with a couple of goals last weekend, but he told Pirates TV that a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game.

“Both sides had a couple of chances to win at the end of the game, but we were happy to take a point,” he said. “Dundee are very strong and we’re still a new developing team.

“We knew going into the Christmas period that we had some big games starting with the Dundee game. We’ve got Kirkcaldy on Saturday which is a huge game, followed by Aberdeen at home in the New Year.

“Those three games will probably define where we’ll finish this season, because we don’t play Dundee and Kirkcaldy again until the end of March.

“If we can pick up two points this weekend and against Aberdeen we’ll be sitting in a pretty good position. We have high expectations for our team and that’s how the Pirates should be.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Kilmarnock Storm v Aberdeen Lynx
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Paisley Pirates

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