Solway Sharks overcome complacent spells to maintain perfect record

Solway Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb believes his team weren’t quite at their best despite seeing them record two comprehensive victories over the weekend.

The Sharks triumphed 14-4 at home to North Ayrshire Wild, before following up with a 9-3 road win at Paisley Pirates to maintain their 100 percent record in the Scottish National League (SNL).

However, Grubb admitted that there were spells in both games where the Sharks allowed complacency to creep into their play.

“The last time we played at North Ayr we struggled to break them down, so we knew we had to start well,” he said.

“We got into a comfortable lead, but then got a little complacent and started making bad decisions to gift them a couple of goals. We needed to stay focused and manage the game better.

“We eventually stretched our lead in the third period as their short bench took its toll and we did what we needed to win the game convincingly.

“We were slow out of the blocks against Paisley, allowing them to dictate the tempo of the game for the first 15 minutes.

“We asked for a response in the second period and I felt we were a bit better and dominated possession, but the Pirates were still working hard.

“We totally dominated in the third, but a mixture of good goaltending and poor finishing kept it closer than it might have been.

“Paisley always looked dangerous on the break, so it was pleasing to get a good result against a hard-working and organised team.”

The Sharks turn their attentions to NIHL North on Saturday as they welcome Sutton Sting to Dumfries Ice Bowl.

There will be collection boxes at both the Supporters Club table and in Sharkey’s Bar as the club continues to gather donations for the Holywood Trust Christmas Foodbank drive.

(Image permission: Helen Hobbins Photography)