It has been a tough opening to the season for Solway Stingrays, but coach Craig Jackson has insisted the team will improve over the coming weeks.
Defeats against North Ayrshire Wild and Paisley Pirates last weekend means the Stingrays have now lost all four games in the newly-formed Stuart Robertson Cup.
However, Jackson believes the players will have learned plenty from their cup exploits and has backed them to produce improved performances when their league campaign starts.
“Having fielded a depleted team on Saturday against Wild we were pleased to see an improved scoreline in Sunday’s game,” he said. “Even though we were thoroughly beaten we were still able to take a few positives on Saturday.
“We managed to get our first two powerplay goals of the season, our goalies got plenty of rubber during the game and we were able to get valuable ice time for players who have not had much for a few seasons.
“We can hopefully use these rounds of cup games to get as many players as we can ice time before the regular season starts and when results matter.
“It is still early days for the Stingrays, and the team is still settling down and finding their feet. We are looking to improve as the season goes on and at this stage our eyes are on the long game.”
Stingrays are back in action at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Sunday, 30th September, when they welcome Dundee Tigers in their first league game of the season (face-off 5.30pm).