North Ayrshire IHC chairman confident that five-year project is on track

North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club chairman Scott Campbell believes the club’s senior team is well-placed to kick on over the next few seasons.

Wild looked on course to finish in the top half of the Scottish National League (SNL) last term, but found points difficult to come by during the second part of the campaign.

However, having reached the semi-finals of the Stuart Robertson Cup before Christmas, Campbell thinks the club can take plenty of positives from the season.

“We pressed the reset button two years ago by bringing in some more experienced players to help our younger guys following the demise of Kilmarnock Storm,” he said.

“The expectation was that it could be a five-year project to ice a team that could compete with the strongest in the league.

“The Racers, and then Solway, have raised the stakes, along with imports now being permitted to play, making it an even steeper slope to climb.

“We showed in spells that we can live with the best teams in the leagues, when we focus on playing disciplined defensive hockey and everyone doing their job.

“Too often though, this hasn’t happened for the whole sixty minutes of a game, resulting in a lot of one and two goal losses that with a bit more discipline and focus should be turned into wins next season.

“There have been some close games with both Dundee teams, local rivals Paisley Pirates, Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Aberdeen Lynx, but we need to be more clinical in these games and give our netminders more protection.

“If we can do that and keep nurturing the young talent that we have coming through the club, then this team will continue to improve over the next two or three seasons.”

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