Solway Stingrays host Kilmarnock Thunder on Sunday aiming to record their second Scottish National League (SNL) victory of the campaign.
The Stingrays, who have won one of their opening three league games, have already faced Kilmarnock twice in the Stuart Robertson Cup this term.
The two sides each won their respective home matches and Solway forward Stevie Adams believes the Stingrays can come out on top at Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend.
“We’ve had a better start this year,” he said. “With that early league win under our belts and Kilmarnock up next we are feeling like this season will go our way a lot more than it did last time around.
“Our new coaches Joe (Coulter) and ‘Peanut’ (Ross Murray) have done a good job recruiting. It’s a tough job being on the borders and having the Sharks in town – it’s difficult to secure players.
“We are heavily reliant on our good junior players that we have playing up, so it’s been a little tough getting our full team out at times.
“However, a lot of improvement has been made in such a short space of time. We are keeping up and matching teams for long periods, but just need to get to that next level to grind out more results.”
Kilmarnock Thunder forward Andrew Brown says the team are working hard to put an end to their long run without a victory.
Since beating Solway on the opening day of the season they have lost nine games in a row in all competitions.
They were defeated 7-1 on their last visit to Dumfries and Brown admits he expects another difficult test this weekend.
“It’s been a tough start to the season as we have a very young team and a short bench, but the team has shown a lot of spirit by toughing it out until the end of each game,” he said.
“There’s a lot still to learn and we are working on strengthening the team with some experienced guys.
“We are hoping to go to Solway this weekend to get our first league win of the season, but we know it’s going to be a tough game as the Stingrays showed in our last encounter at the Ice Bowl.”
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