SNL preview: Walker urges Paisley Pirates to ramp up the intensity in the cup

Adam Walker wants Paisley Pirates to up their intensity when they travel to face North Ayrshire Wild in the second leg of their Scottish Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday.

Paisley struggled for fluency for much of last week’s first meeting between the two sides, although a five-goal blitz in the third period helped them to secure an 8-0 advantage heading into this weekend’s game.

Walker admitted that the home side’s superior fitness made the difference in the final session, but he insisted that the coaching staff were eager to see an improved team performance in the second leg.

“I thought we were really bad for 54 minutes – we were really dreadful,” he told Pirates TV. “We’re not happy with the performance at all.

“We had a couple of guys who came to play – Warren (Crawford) was one of them and did what was asked – but overall that performance not acceptable for this hockey club.

“Although the scoreline was 8-0 and we held them to seven shots, we felt that individually we were selfish.

“We’ve got a long week of practice ahead of us and it will be addressed accordingly. It’s hard to eliminate problems when you’ve got a lack of heart.

“You can teach them all the strategy, but if you’re not going to bring heart and intensity to the table there’s nothing the coaches can do.

“As I said, that will be addressed and hopefully against North Ayr next weekend we can put in a better performance.”

Solway Stingrays take on Kirkcaldy Kestrels in their cup quarter-final tie this weekend hoping to find some consistency during the latter part of the season.

The Stingrays’ recent 5-4 win against Kilmarnock Thunder was their first league victory of the campaign, but forward Gordon Horne insists there are signs that the team can be competitive.

“It has been a tough run so far this season,” said Horne. “We’ve struggled to find our feet, our hands and a few bodies at times.

“It is there though. At times we’ve shown we can come together and compete with even some of the best teams. We just need to work on the basics and find some consistency.

“Winning our first game has definitely increased morale and we’ll take that forward, get our heads down and put up a fight against Kirkcaldy for the next cup round.

“We’ll then focus on seeing out the season and hopefully get some more wins.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Moray Typhoons (Cup)
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Solway Stingrays (Cup)
North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates (Cup)

Sunday

Dundee Comets v Kilmarnock Storm (Cup)
Solway Stingrays v Kirkcaldy Kestrels (Cup)

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