Pirates searching for consistency

Hull Pirates forward Sam Towner says his team need to find more consistency if they’re to lift themselves off the bottom of the EPL.

Pirates have beaten Peterborough Phantoms and Basingstoke Bison in recent weeks, but 11-0 hammerings at MK Lightning and Peterborough have left them rooted to the foot of the table.

Towner joined Pirates in July after the closure of Hull Stingrays and the local-born player says the new team went into the season without any expectations.

“No-one knew what would happen given how short a time it was put together,” said Towner. “I think we’ve surprised a couple of people, but on certain nights we’ve let ourselves down a bit with those two 11-0 losses.

“Overall we have re-grouped pretty well and shown what we can do. We need to find that consistency. I think that’s the key to any successful team. We need to find that and play like it more nights than we don’t.”

Pirates face a tough double-header on the road this weekend, travelling to Guildford Flames on Saturday before making the trip to Telford Tigers the following day. Towner believes Pirates are capable of springing a surprise.

“If you look at last weekend I don’t think anyone gave us a shot of getting any points,” he said. “I think anything can happen in this league. I don’t think the weaker sides are weaker teams. Telford walked the league last year but this year they’re struggling.

“I feel we can go into their rink and get points out of there and the same in Guildford. We are no stranger to being the underdogs, but we don’t look at it like that.

“We’re taking it one night at a time – no-one goes into any game looking to lose. We are taking the mentality of going into every match thinking we should win it.

“We need to get a bit of consistency together and see where it takes us.”

(Image permission: Arthur Foster)

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