SNL preview: Scottish clubs set to go head-to-head with Stars and Warriors

The NIHL North Cup takes centre stage this weekend, with three Scottish National League (SNL) teams kicking-off their respective campaigns in the competition.

Dundee Comets, Murrayfield Racers and Solway Sharks will compete in a revised line-up this season, alongside Billingham Stars and Whitley Warriors.

The opening stage will be a round-robin, with each team facing the others once home and away. The top four progress to the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in the final.

There are two fixtures on Saturday, with Dundee hosting Billingham and Solway facing Whitley. Dundee are back in action at Murrayfield the following day, while Solway travel to Billingham.

Dundee have had a mixed start to the season, winning just one out of three games. Saturday’s opponents Billingham were narrowly beaten at Solihull Barons in Moralee D1 last weekend, and will undoubtedly provide a tough test for the SNL side.

Sunday’s visit to Murrayfield also looks tricky, with the Racers recording three comfortable victories in their league and cup outings to date.

Solway’s clash with Whitley on Saturday looks the standout game this weekend, with the two sides set to meet for the second time in a week.

The Sharks fought back from a two-goal deficit at Hillheads in last weekend’s league meeting to secure a 4-3 overtime victory and another thriller could be on the cards.

Martin Grubb’s side travel to Teesside the following evening to face a Stars side who will be eager to make a winning start to their 2019/20 home games.

The remaining fixture this weekend is on Saturday, as Aberdeen Lynx go head-to-head with Kirkcaldy Kestrels in the Stuart Robertson Cup.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Kirkcaldy Kestrels – SRC North
Dundee Comets v Billingham Stars – NIHL North Cup
Solway Sharks v Whitley Warriors – NIHL North Cup

Sunday

Billingham Stars v Solway Sharks – NIHL North Cup
Murrayfield Racers v Dundee Comets – NIHL North Cup

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