Grubb urges Solway Sharks to improve ahead of important weekend

Solway Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb has urged his side to improve despite seeing them record two comfortable victories last weekend.

The Sharks triumphed 29-0 at Kilmarnock Thunder and followed up with an 8-1 home win over Aberdeen Lynx to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish National League.

Saturday’s visit to Kilmarnock was a one-sided affair, but Grubb was quick to praise the efforts of the home team after the game.

“It’s never an easy game in Kilmarnock due to the size of the ice pad and we prepared for that at practice as best as we could and I thought we coped very well with it,” he said.

“We scored some really nice goals and it was good to see the goals so spread out amongst the team.

“It’s never nice beating a team by so many goals, but credit to Kilmarnock for working so hard all game and never giving up. I thought both their goalies were great for them.”

Solway made it a four-point weekend the following day with a comprehensive 8-1 victory at home to Aberdeen.

The result ensured the Sharks retained their unbeaten record ahead of two important games in Moralee D1 and the NIHL North Cup this weekend.

“We knew coming into this game that Aberdeen would come to play and were full of confidence after a good result on Saturday at home to the Tigers and we would need to start better than the past few Sundays,” Grubb added.

“I thought we were slack with our passing and a bit flat in the first period, and we need to make sure we rectify that.

“In the second period we played in spells, but I thought Aberdeen also created plenty of chances and we again were too slack for my liking.

“The third period was just an average period and overall I don’t think we got anywhere near the high standards we have set and we need to make sure we are better than that every night we play.

“Aberdeen will feel it wasn’t an 8-1 game and for us it was about just keeping the results rolling, but we must improve ahead of a huge weekend with Solihull and Murrayfield to play.”

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