SNL preview: Pirates’ away form ‘not good enough’

Paisley Pirates travel to Dundee Comets on Sunday aiming to improve on their disappointing form away from Braehead.

Pirates’ victory at Solway Sharks SNL last weekend was just their second road win of the season, but they still find themselves two points off the top of the table with a game in hand.

Head Coach Ian Turley (above) says it’s something his team needs to address if they’re to maintain their title challenge.

“When you look at the squad we’ve assembled this season you would’ve thought we would have been doing well regardless of the opposition or the venue,” he said.

“We’ve got the ideal mix of good, solid experience, with a few young guys coming through, and any number of players who can nick a goal for you.

“At home we’ve managed to beat all-comers, but away from our home base we’ve struggled. The statistics don’t lie and for a club with our aspirations it just isn’t good enough.

“It’s our home record which is keeping us in contention and I just feel that one weekend we’re going to give someone a real going over on our travels, as we did when we beat North Ayr 10-2, because we’ve got a squad well capable of doing that.

“The players just haven’t all performed at the same time to the standard they’re capable of, and we need to get that sorted out.”

Pirates claimed the points the last time the two teams met with a narrow 2-1 victory on home ice and Turley expects another stern test on Sunday.

“We’ll go there expecting a tough game, so it would be an ideal time for us to all perform well together against a team with similar hopes to ourselves.

“We really have to go to difficult venues and win – the Comets in their own rink certainly fit that description. We need a good all round performance to the standards we’ve set ourselves.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Solway Sharks SNL
Moray Typhoons v North Ayrshire Wild

Sunday

Dundee Comets v Paisley Pirates
North Ayrshire Wild v Dundee Tigers

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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