SNL preview: Wild aiming to regain winning thread, Pirates face tough test

North Ayrshire Wild host Solway Stingrays in the SNL on Saturday hoping to record their first victory since September.

Wild were unbeaten in the group stage of the Stuart Robertson Cup early in the season, but they have lost three out of three in the league and also been knocked out of the Scottish Cup.

However, performances have generally been good and forward Adam Kerr believes it is only a matter of time before the team regains the winning thread.

“We got off to a good start this season, finishing top in our cup group to take us through to the first final we have been in since I signed here,” said Kerr.

“Individually and as a team we have improved and come a long way since last year. Everyone from the players to the coaches believes we can do really well this season and give every team a challenge.

“Penalties have played a big factor over the past few weeks so need to be more disciplined, but other than that we should be in for a really good season.”

Paisley Pirates visit Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday aiming to bounce back from a disappointing result last weekend.

The Pirates had enjoyed an unbeaten start to the new season, but they saw that record go up in smoke as Dundee Comets ran out 7-1 winners at Braehead Arena.

Sunday’s game will be another difficult test for Paisley, with Kirkcaldy currently the only side to have taken a point off the Comets in the league this term.

Forward Ross Andreucci believes the Pirates will need to produce a much better performance if they are to take anything from the fixture.

“We had the Stuart Robertson Cup to start of the season which we lost out on getting to the final on goal difference, but made a good start in the league with wins against Dundee Tigers and Kilmarnock Thunder,” he said.

“Losing to the Comets wasn’t the best result – we are a lot better than the way we played. The guys are still gelling together and we have time to prove that we are competitive.

“This weekend’s game against the Kestrels will be a tough one and we need to focus on our strengths and competing for sixty minutes.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Tigers v Murrayfield Racers – SNL
Kilmarnock Thunder v Aberdeen Lynx – SNL
North Ayrshire Wild v Solway Stingrays – SNL

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Paisley Pirates – SNL
Murrayfield Racers v Solway Sharks – NIHL Cup

(Image permission: Stuart Gardiner)